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Pedestrian accidents in Florida are unexpected and normally have devastating consequences. With our great weather and walkable destinations, these accidents are frighteningly common. It is shocking just how common these accidents are and how many people are killed while simply walking or jogging. Our attorneys have handled every type of pedestrian accident-from those involving death, to broken bones, brain injuries, or simply strain, sprains, or contusions.

Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas are experienced personal injury attorneys who will always put your needs first. We have helped countless injured pedestrians recover compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident, please contact us for a free consultation. You will find that we are different from any other lawyer you’ve met.

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Who Pays For Your Medical Bills?

Your medical bills up to $10,000 will be covered like in any other auto accident. This is because all Florida drivers are required to carry PIP insurance. There are several ways that you can qualify for PIP insurance. If you have your own car insurance, you will get the bills paid through your policy. If you don’t own a car, then you can qualify for PIP through a relative who you live with who carries car insurance. If neither of those apply, then you can get PIP from the insurance of the vehicle that hit you. Therefore, in virtually every case, there will be PIP coverage to cover your bills- so get treatment for your injuries.

How Does a Pedestrian Recover Compensation?

A pedestrian can recover just like anyone else injured in an auto accident. There are several sources that we look to in order to find insurance coverage to pay for your damages. We first look at the at-fault vehicle to find coverage. If the driver who struck you or your loved one carried Bodily Injury (BI) insurance, then we make a claim on that first. If that coverage was enough to pay your claim, then the analysis ends. But, if the party did not have BI, or not enough BI, we then look for other forms of coverage like Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist (UM). We look toward your own car insurance policy or to a family member who you live with. If either of you (or both) carry UM, then you can make a claim against those policies. Thus, there are often multiple pools of money to pursue for damages.

Pedestrian Hit by Car

What Should You Do If You Have Been Struck by a Car?

Step 1 Contact Law Enforcement

After every accident, you must call the police. This applies even if you believe you might have been at fault or only just got knocked down. If you have been so seriously injured that you were not able to report the incident (or taken to the hospital), you must make sure it is reported as soon as possible. It has been our experience that many pedestrian accidents involve hit and run drivers, so the help of the police is vital to track these people down. Regardless, having the police respond and document what happened is very important to a successful claim. The insurance companies look at the accident reports and it will serve as a resource for the rest of the case.

Step 2 Document the Scene

Although this step might not be easy if you are seriously injured, it is always helpful to take pictures of what just happened. I recommend that everyone takes pictures of the vehicle, the driver and any witnesses. If a family member or friend arrives at the scene, they should take pictures of you in whatever condition you may be in. These pictures will be helpful to demonstrate the story of the accident and what happened.

Step 3 Get Witness Information

If any witnesses to the incident are present, get their information. Do not rely on the police to get the information for you. The police are notorious for omitting or incorrectly documenting contact information for witnesses. So, protect yourself if you can.

Step 4 Seek Medical Treatment

The most important part of any pedestrian injury claim is the medical treatment. Regardless of your injuries, if you do not see a doctor or treat regularly, your claim will suffer. If you need emergency medical care, go to the hospital or an urgent care center. If your injuries are not that severe, then you will need to see a doctor who specializes in injury claims as soon as possible. If you do not know a specialist, your pedestrian accident attorney can recommend someone to you. The bottom line is that you must follow your doctor’s advice until the claim is over.

Step 5 Speak to a Lawyer

While not the most immediate step, it is always better to speak to a lawyer sooner rather than later. Once the insurance company finds out who you are, they will try to contact you. Once you have a lawyer involved, he or she will handle the contact with the insurance company. Your lawyer will set up your claim and make sure you are treated by the proper doctors. The lawyer will serve as the quarterback of your case, so don’t wait too long to get one.

How Much Does an Attorney Charge?

All attorneys charge the same for cases involving pedestrians. The fee arrangement is called a contingency. This means that the lawyer charges a percentage out of the money that is recovered for you. If no money is recovered, then you don’t owe the lawyer anything. This makes the hiring of an attorney zero risk. It also means that you never have to put any money down, never make a payment plan, or pay a retainer. The percentages charged are also the same from lawyer to lawyer. For most cases, the fee is 33%. If the case is against a state or government agency, then the fee is 25%.

Contact an Attorney for a Pedestrian Accident

We understand how difficult a pedestrian accident can be. You might be crossing the street one minute or jogging on the side of the road when your life is changed forever. Because the body is no match for the impact from a car, people are either maimed or killed. We have met with many families to discuss the steps that need to be taken after the loss of a loved one. It is always a tragic scenario. While we hope that you or your family never have to experience a pedestrian accident, if you find yourself in that scenario, we can help. Give us a call or contact us on our website as soon as possible as time is of the essence. Please be safe out there.


I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
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Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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