Drivers in Florida have a duty to operate their vehicles with due care to avoid striking pedestrians. However, Florida is no stranger to distracted or dangerous drivers. Distracted drivers are a serious threat to pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injury, such as broken bones or brain damage, as well death. In Florida for 2016, there were over 9,000 injuries to pedestrian-involved crashes – with 667 resulting in death. That is more than one person injured or killed every hour as a pedestrian.
Pedestrian injuries and deaths occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common ones include:
- Distracted drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Improper lane changes
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Failing to keep proper lookout
- Failing to yield
Pedestrians who have been injured frequently find their world has changed in a moment. Along with serious and permanent injury are increasing medical bills and painful recovery.
For a pedestrian who has been injured, their world can change in an instant. With serious injury and increasing medical bills, it can often be difficult to keep up with everything. Who is responsible for the payment of medical bills? What happens if I cannot work? What are my rights? These are just some of the common concerns of injury victims. We are here to help.
At Presser Law, P.A., we aggressively represent pedestrians injured as a result of dangerous drivers. We fight to bring our clients justice so they can focus on what matters most – getting better.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, contact Presser Law, P.A. for a FREE CASE EVALUATION. We will immediately start to investigate your case and answer any questions you may have.
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At Presser Law, P.A., we fight for you because justice is what injury victims deserve. We will provide you with legal guidance and insight about your case and explore issues of fault, causation and damages so that we can fight to bring you the justice you deserve.
Located in Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, we handle cases throughout Orlando and Central Florida. No fees or costs unless we make a recovery for you.
Quick FAQs About
Q: Who is responsible for my medical bills or lost wages?A: Injuries are stressful enough.Not only do injury victims have to deal with the ongoing physical pain caused by someone else, but oftentimes medical bills or lost wages accumulate causing additional financial stress on the injury victim. Who is responsible for the medical bills or lost wages is often one of the top concerns as bills continue to accumulate after an injury.
Generally speaking, the driver who causes harm is responsible for medical bills and/or lost wages incurred as a result of the harm. This is considered part of the injury victim’s damages. However, this does not mean that the responsible party will pay medical bills or lost wages as they accumulate in real time. Instead, your own insurance may issue payment to your medical providers for your medical bills or to you directly for some of your lost wages. In regards to medical treatment, if you have no insurance, some doctors may treat you under what is called a “Letter of Protection.” A Letter of Protection is a promise by the injury victim to pay the doctor at a later date for treatment rendered to the injury victim. This makes the injury victim personally responsible for payment but allows the victim to receive the important treatment he or she may need.
Once you have reached a point where further treatment will no longer be beneficial or where you have reached “maximum medical improvement,” a claim for injuries will be made against the responsible party. Part of the injury victim’s damages will include medical bills and lost wages incurred by the victim, as well as additional damages for pain and suffering or future damages. As such, while the driver may ultimately be responsible for the payment of medical bills and lost wages, such damages are collected at the conclusion of your medical treatment.
If you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s actions, contact Presser Law, P.A. We will aggressively pursue your case and explore all issues of fault, causation and damages so that we can fight to bring you the justice you deserve.
Q: The other driver says I was at fault but I do not remember the crash, do I have a case?A: Potentially. Determining fault in a pedestrian crash, or any crash for that matter takes a review of the evidence. This can often be through examination of the vehicle or clothing, or of photographs of the incident scene or witness interviews. The evidence may show that you were not at fault, or that you were not completely at fault and therefore, the other driver bears at least some responsibility for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian, contact Presser Law, P.A. We can immediately start the process of investigating your claim and work with you to explore issues of fault, causation and damages so that we can fight to bring you the justice you deserve.
Q: When is the best time to contact Presser Law, P.A. after a pedestrian-involved crash?A: At the earliest and safest opportunity. The sooner we are involved, the sooner we can evaluate your case and begin to secure potential evidence and speak to witnesses.