Pedestrian Accidents

Car Crash Attorneys Serving the Stuart Area

Pedestrian hit by CarFlorida is a beautiful state with weather that makes it possible for residents and visitors to engage in outdoor activities practically all year. While fresh air and exercise are important to health, there is also an inherent danger when more time is spent outside, such as when people are walking or shopping in congested areas. This is the possibility of accidents involving pedestrians and motorists. If you or a loved one has been struck by a negligent or reckless driver, the Stuart car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can help.

Bringing a Negligence Claim as an Injured Pedestrian

Pedestrian accident cases are typically governed by the law of negligence. This principle applies when a person, business, or governmental entity has failed to use the degree of care that would have been used by a reasonably prudent person or entity under the same or similar circumstances.

There are four crucial components of a negligence case: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. A duty is an obligation that the law places on someone to act in a certain manner in order to avoid creating foreseeable risks of harm for others. A breach occurs when there is an action or failure to act that falls short of the appropriate duty in the situation. Causation is a direct link between the defendant’s breach of duty and the victim’s injuries. Damages refer to the costs and losses that resulted.

Proving negligence in a pedestrian accident case often requires anticipating and responding to arguments raised by the defense. In some situations, a defendant will raise the doctrine of comparative fault, a legal rule that reduces the monetary value of a settlement or judgment in proportion to the plaintiff’s percentage of fault in causing an accident. For example, if a plaintiff is found to be 25 percent at fault for an accident that results in damages of $100,000, he or she still can potentially receive up to $75,000 from a defendant who is held liable.

Since pedestrians lack any protection from cars and trucks, the harm that they suffer when they are struck unfortunately may be devastating. Damages may include reimbursement for past medical expenses and lost wages, compensation for future medical costs and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of consortium for a victim’s spouse. As these examples show, damages may be both objective and subjective, covering both economic and non-economic costs and losses. In cases of particularly egregious conduct by a defendant, there is also the possibility of punitive damages.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Stuart or Beyond

When it comes to contacting a Stuart injury attorney and moving forward with litigation against the negligent party in a pedestrian accident case, time is of the essence. Crucial evidence can easily slip away if a case is not promptly and thoroughly investigated. Also, the statute of limitations limits the time for bringing your claim.

If you are ready to move forward with asserting your legal rights, you should contact the Stuart car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston. We will be glad to talk to you about the details of your case and help you get started in the process of holding the responsible party accountable. Call our motor vehicle collision lawyers at (772) 266-5555 in Stuart or (561) 299-3999 in West Palm Beach, or contact us online to set up a free consultation. No legal fees are owed until and unless your case is successfully resolved. We represent accident victims in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and other cities throughout St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties.

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“The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again.”
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“After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable”
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“After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court.”
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