Ocala Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
When vehicles slam into pedestrians, the victims almost always sustain catastrophic or fatal injuries. That means tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and other economic losses. Florida insurance companies know that victims and their families face severe financial stress. So, they press relentlessly for early settlements. As a result, victims are normally even more confused and disoriented than they were before.
The compassionate Ocala pedestrian accident lawyers at Piccin & Glynn understand what you are going through. They sympathize with your pain and suffering, because many people on our professional team are accident survivors themselves. So, we always communicate with you proactively throughout the case, so you are never in the dark. We also work hard. We are not satisfied with anything less than the best possible result under the circumstances, because neither are you.
Injuries and Ocala Pedestrian Accidents
Since pedestrians have no protection from oncoming cars, just a tiny bit of extra speed is often fatal. In fact, if the impact speed is less than 30mph, the pedestrian fatality rate is less than 10 percent. If the speed is over 40mph, the fatality rate jumps to 90 percent.
The high emergency care medical bills are just the beginning. Pedestrian accident victims usually also require extensive follow up medical care, such as revision surgeries. Due to the aggressive nature of these procedures, most victims also require extensive and costly physical therapy. Many health insurance companies cite legal or liability issues and refuse to pay for these things.
At Piccin & Glynn, we are here to help. We quickly obtain medical records and other evidence to start building a successful claim. We also make sure that your medical and other expenses are covered until the case is over. That way, our clients do not need to worry about money or the status of their claims. They just need to focus on getting better.
Lawyers sometimes use the term “accidents” to refer to these incidents, but they are not “accidental” in the sense that most of these crashes are preventable. The failure to prevent them constitutes negligence, which is the basis of the victim/plaintiff’s legal claim. However, Ocala insurance companies have some legal maneuvers of their own, as outlined below.
The Sudden Emergency Defense in Florida Pedestrian Accidents
Most insurance companies claim that most victims “darted out into traffic” and therefore the crash was inevitable. This position usually sets up the sudden emergency defense. In Ocala, this defense has two basic prongs:
- A reasonable reaction to
- A “sudden emergency.”
Not all unexpected events qualify as sudden emergencies in this context. Happenings like jaywalking pedestrians or cars that stop short occur on almost every trip. So, drivers should be ready for them. Instead, a “sudden emergency” usually involves a hood fly-up or something else when the driver could not possibly have anticipated.
If successful, the sudden emergency defense usually defeats a claim for damages. Therefore, attorneys must be extremely prepared for this tactic.
Work With Tenacious Ocala Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian accident victims need attorneys who will fight for their rights in court. For a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Ocala, contact Piccin & Glynn. Home and hospital visits are available.