The Villages Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
We enjoy abundantly beautiful weather here in The Villages. Many of us make the most we can of it. We walk our dogs, visit our nearby neighbors on foot, and go jogging. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise invigorate and replenish our minds and bodies. However, as with most things in life, we face risks as pedestrians.
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle department compile accident data for each calendar year. Their most recently completed report is from 2020. On page 10 are the numbers for pedestrian accidents, including those that happened here in The Villages. There were 8,117 of these accidents in 2020. Sadly, 1,265 pedestrians suffered incapacitating injuries and 715 died.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Florida
As you might suspect, most pedestrian accidents involve a car, truck, or motorcycle. Sometimes it’s construction equipment. In The Villages, it can be golf carts. And other times no vehicle is involved at all.
The most common causes of accidents involving pedestrians are:
- Failing to yield
- Violating traffic signals
- Texting while driving
- Drowsy driving
- Diminished visibility
- Unsafely reversing
- Not checking blind spots when turning
- Not using mirrors when changing lanes
- Unsafely making turns
- Not staying in the driving lane
- Impaired driving
- Poor road conditions
Options When Injured in a Pedestrian Accident
If you are hurt as a pedestrian in The Villages, you certainly don’t have to just “walk it off”. If someone else was in the wrong, you can pursue compensation.
And you don’t have to do it alone.
When, as is most often the case, a vehicle or golf cart was involved, it’s critical to know the circumstances leading to the collision. If a driver wasn’t paying attention, even for just a second, it can cause the loss of a normal life. The pedestrian may suffer permanent disability affecting career, parenting or caregiving abilities, and other important aspects of life.
Pam Olsen represents clients here in The Village hurt as pedestrians, due to the negligent conduct of a driver. She also represents the families of pedestrians who have been killed in an accident.
She works hard for these victims and their families to get compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages and to ease their pain and suffering. She will make sure that your insurance company will pay for all the ways the accident harmed you, including:
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Lost income and benefits while recovering
- Diminished earning potential
- Property damage
- Ongoing care costs if disabled
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Punitive damages when the act was most severe
Florida has a 4-year statute of limitations to make a claim if you are injured as a pedestrian. Therefore it’s important to be sure to begin the process as soon as you can.
Calculating Damages in Pedestrian Accidents
Some of the financial impacts of a pedestrian accident is easy to identify. Most payments leave an electronic trail, and many of us keep our important receipts, especially larger amounts. When there is property damage, say your new iPhone was broken in the collision, it’s straightforward to figure out the market value.
It’s less clear to put a monetary value on what money can’t buy. What value is mental wellness? How about companionship or passion for hobbies and activities? These can be lost because you were injured by someone else as a pedestrian. Figuring out monetary values to these can be a challenge..
Pam Olsen uses the multiplier method when calculating non-economic losses for her clients. Each of these losses is considered for how much anguish and difficulty your life is without them. Each loss is then assigned a multiplier number between 1.5 and 5. The higher multiplier is for the losses of the highest impact. The final step is to take the total number of the economic losses and multiply it for each of the non-economic losses by that particular multiplier.
How We Help Pedestrian Accident Victims
Should we work together on your pedestrian accident case, here is what Pam Olsen would do for you.
- Truly care about you
- Keep you updated on your case
- Know about and meet critical deadlines
- Properly calculate all of your damages
- Negotiate passionately in settlement proceedings
- Stay current on pertinent legal precedent
- Thoroughly investigate your accident
- Deal with insurance companies so you don’t have to
- Represent you if we need to go to trial
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