If you need an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Tampa, FL, contact us today. Attorney Juana Maria Rojas is your advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Learn more about these cases below, or get started by requesting a free, no-obligation consultation.
Florida Statute Section 316.130(15) states that “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human powered vehicle.” Despite this law, in 2012, the last year for statistics, Florida had the third highest rate for pedestrian fatalities in the United States—with a total of 476 pedestrian deaths. You may have crossed the street hundreds of times in your life, but all it takes is one driver sending a text message or answering a phone call. Injuries caused by Pedestrian vs. Car crashes can be devastating, expensive to treat and tale weeks or months before the victim can return to work.
Insurance & Your Case
Often, the at fault driver’s insurance is not sufficient to pay for all the medical costs. For that reason, one of the first steps we take is to check insurance coverage. I usually inform my clients what the policy limits are within 48 hours after retaining me. The few days after a crash are critical for taking steps to ensure maximum recovery. The actions of an inexperienced attorney or individual can irreparably damage a case.
Sometimes the pedestrian does not own a vehicle. In these situations, Florida law requires the vehicle’s insurance carrier to provide PIP coverage for the pedestrian. PIP or Personal Injury Protection pays for the first $10,000 in medical expenses and/or lost wages. There are a few other items PIP pays and we explain that during the initial consult.
What Can You Do?
The entire staff at the Rojas Law Office understands the devastating loss and difficulties faced by a pedestrian who has been struck by a vehicle. We are all here to help you. Ms. Rojas will visit you at your home or the hospital if necessary. Ms. Rojas’ policy is never to ask a crash victim to sign her contract while hospitalized. However, during the initial meeting, she will obtain permission to start the investigation and policy limits inquiry so no time will be wasted.
While no amount of money can ever fully compensate a crash victim who sustained permanent injuries, Ms. Rojas promises to work aggressively and as hard as she possibly can to obtain the best possible compensation. For help today, call us at 813-879-2223. The consultation is free and without any type of obligation.