St. Petersburg Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
According to a study by The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, Florida had the highest pedestrian fatality rate among all states with the pedestrian fatality rate almost double the national average in 2011. Regrettably, in 2015, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association concluded for the first half of the year, the State of Florida again ranked first in pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 of the population. Our pedestrian accident attorneys at Growney, McKeown & Barber, P.A. has been representing the rights of pedestrians injured in traffic accidents for over 25 years. We provide compassionate yet aggressive representation for injured victims and their families in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay area, and throughout the State of Florida.
The injuries that pedestrian accident victims sustain can be catastrophic. We help ensure that you receive proper medical treatment and that your medical bills are paid. We vigorously work to obtain full compensation for your injuries, including:
- Damages in wrongful death cases
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- And any other damages allowed by law
If you have been involved in a traffic accident as a pedestrian, the following information may be helpful.
Florida law requires drivers to stop and exchange information with the driver of the vehicle at the accident scene. If the driver fails to stop, try to note their license plate number & description of their vehicle before they leave the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident can be a criminal offense.
2. CALL THE POLICE
Cooperate fully with law enforcement officers.
3. OBTAIN MEDICAL ATTENTION WHEN NECESSARY
Cooperate with emergency medical personnel and go to the hospital in an ambulance if you are injured. Injuries are not always felt immediately. You may experience pain or stiffness hours or days after an accident. When speaking with a doctor, be sure to discuss all of your injuries. Under Florida law, you must seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident for full PIP benefits to be available either through your own automobile insurance company, if available, or through the insurance company of the at-fault party. If you have any observable injuries, be sure to photograph those injuries.
4. EXCHANGE INFORMATION
Obtain important information about the accident. Do not comment or make statements to the driver or witnesses about the cause of the accident. Speak only with the police officer about the facts of the accident. Information you should obtain about the accident include:
- Name, address, and driver’s license number of the person driving the vehicle
- The VIN number, Tag number, make model and year of the vehicle
- The driver’s insurance company and policy number
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of any passengers in the vehicle
- Any statements made by the driver about the accident
- The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident
- Information about the accident including but not limited to the date and time, location, and speed of the car
- The name and agency of the police officer investigating the accident as well as his crash report number
5. DOCUMENT THE SCENE
Take photographs using a cell phone or disposable camera of the accident scene.
6. INSURANCE INFORMATION
Wait to make statements to the driver’s insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
7. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Consult with an attorney regarding your rights and the steps you should take to protect those rights.
8. SOCIAL MEDIA
Consult with an attorney before posting about the accident on any social media platform.
Our office offers a free guide of “What to do in case of an Accident”. We invite you to stop by our office, meet our attorneys, and pick up a copy of the guide.
Our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers keep you informed throughout every step of your case, ensuring you can make informed decisions. We are always available to answer questions and discuss your concerns. We provide a free consultation and there are no fees or costs to you unless we can make a recovery on your behalf.