If you were hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in Florida, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim to recover damages for your injuries even if you were jaywalking. You may have a case even if the police gave you a ticket and said you were at fault. Each accident is different and the specific way it happened will be important. Your lawyer will be looking for any argument the driver was also responsible and could have avoided hitting you.
For example, if you can prove the driver was negligent in not paying attention to the road, texting while driving, or digging through a purse, this will help your claim. Excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and other illegal activities can also help your case.
Any insurance company will use the argument you were jaywalking against you. It gives the insurance company a reason to discredit your claim, blaming you for your injuries by failing to obey proper traffic crossing signals and not crossing at a crosswalk. That’s why it is so important to have a lawyer in your corner who knows the right arguments to make and how to make them.
When someone hurts you, even if you were jaywalking, you owe it to yourself to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney. We are happy to evaluate your claim and explain your legal options for free. Give us a call today at 727-446-0840.
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