Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Panama City
65 Years of Combined Experience
It is a commonly held belief that the pedestrian is never at fault when an accident with a vehicle occurs. However, in Florida, the pedestrian can be found partially or completely at fault if they are shown not to have exercised proper caution. If you are a pedestrian who was injured by a vehicle and feel you are a victim of negligent driving, our Panama City personal injury lawyers are prepared to walk you through the process of securing compensation. You are already suffering from your injuries; you should not have to shoulder the burden of proving the at-fault driver's liability as well.
Let a seasoned professional at Syfrett, Dykes & Furr take care of you. Call (850) 795-4979 for a free consultation.
Understanding the Legal Process
The first step your Panama City personal injury attorney will help you with is filing your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance claims. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is short in Florida, so it is essential to start the process promptly after the incident occurs.
If you want to seek additional damages, your Panama City pedestrian accident lawyer can help collect evidence to build your case. Statements from witnesses, the driving history of the at-fault driver, footage from traffic cameras, and any other evidence relevant to the substantiation of you claim will be gathered to strengthen your case.
In order to attain additional compensation on top of the PIP claim, the negligence of the driver involved must be proved. The assumption is that the driver owed the pedestrian a certain level of care. Your attorney must prove that he or she did not meet this obligation and, as a direct result, caused a serious injury to the pedestrian. Whether the driver was driving recklessly, simply not paying attention, or flagrantly disregarding traffic laws, we can build a solid case against him or her.
However, it is not as simple as proving the driver was at fault. Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning that both parties involved in the accident can be found partially at fault and be held responsible for a portion of the damage. In this type of case, defendants often try to prove the pedestrian was equally or partially at fault for the accident.
Pedestrians can be found responsible for some or all of the accident if they:
- Failed to pay attention to their surroundings
- Darted out in front of the car
- Jaywalked instead of using crosswalk
- Disregarded pedestrian signals at intersection
- Declined to check if the street was safe to cross
What Syfrett, Dykes & Furr Can Do for You
We know that if you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you have already experienced a great deal of pain. Our team at Syfrett, Dykes & Furr wants to ensure you receive the compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and physical pain you have endured. Whether you need a Panama City personal injury attorney to negotiate a settlement with the driver’s insurance company or a lawyer to fight for you in court, we are here to help carry the burden and restore your wellbeing.
Call (850) 795-4979 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a member of our team.