Unlike motor vehicles, pedestrians are offered no protection from accidents that may happen while out walking. It is because of this that pedestrians should be careful and aware of their surroundings at all times. However, accidents can still happen even when a person is being careful. This may be due to their own actions or those of another party. If a pedestrian becomes injured because of a motor vehicle, the driver may be liable for their injuries.
Those who are injured in personal injury accidents may be able to receive compensation. This is available to cover any suffering they might experience as a result of the accident. This can include any medical bills, lost wages, or emotional suffering that occurred. The compensation exists to help to treat any impacts the accident had on the injured’s life.
Personal Injury Protection
Pedestrians who are injured in a motor vehicle accident may be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP is a type of no-fault insurance that the majority of automobile insurance policies carry. This is for people who are involved in accidents so that they can receive compensation to cover any added expenses that occur because of the accident. This is available regardless of who is at fault. If PIP does not cover all the necessary costs, it is possible to receive further compensation. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced attorney can be beneficial to have during this time to navigate the case.
In order to receive this compensation, the injured party must be successful in proving the other party involved in the accident was negligent. They must also prove this negligence was the cause of their injuries. To do so, they must show the other party was unsafe and not operating the vehicle to the best of their ability. In addition to this, they must also prove this behavior is what caused the accident. Actions that may be deemed as negligence can include using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more.
There are some cases in which an accident may be caused by a third party that was involved. This may be the manufacturer of the vehicle or even the negligence of a municipality. It is important to know that even in the event of a municipality’s negligence, the injured party can still receive damages. When people are injured in an accident, they often suffer physically and emotionally as a result. It is because of this that they may be able to receive both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages compensate for emotional traumas.
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If you or someone you know was injured in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.