South Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Defending Pedestrian Rights
In 2009, approximately 4,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes.
STARTLING PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT FACTS:
- 1/5 of the children between ages 5-9 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians
- 40% of young (under 16) pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3pm and 7pm
- Alcohol involvement was reported in 48% of all pedestrian accidents
- 74% of pedestrian-vehicle crashes occur where no traffic control exists
- The top four states for pedestrian fatalities are California, Florida, Texas, and New York
More than 70% of pedestrians killed were in urban areas and 28% were killed in rural areas. Pedestrian accidents can happened anywhere—schools, shopping centers, construction sites, major highways, side streets, or driveways.
The severity of injuries often depends on how fast the vehicle was traveling. Some common pedestrian injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia and quadriplegia, broken bones, scrapes and bruises, and even death.
Our trial attorneys handle a variety of pedestrian accident cases, including those caused by a car, truck, or bus driver who:
- Was inattentive or distracted (cell phone, texting, eating, putting on make-up, etc.)
- Ignored traffic rules, traffic signals, stop lights, or traffic signs
- Was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Was speeding or driving recklessly (road rage, street racing)
- Failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
- Failed to look right when turning right into a crosswalk
- Failed to stop for a school bus or slow down in school zones
- Failed to confirm it was safe to back up (back-up collision or back-over accident)
We are experienced in complex pedestrian accidents. In some pedestrian cases, there may be contributing factors that also lead to the accident. Sometimes the design of the intersection itself causes or contributes to the accident (non-working signals or failure of signage, lack of maintained property [impaired viewing such as overgrown shrubs], etc.).
Pedestrian Accidents in South Florida
Pedestrian accidents occur frequently in South Florida. It is important to understand what your options are when it comes to filing a claim for compensation. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions our South Florida pedestrian accident attorneys receive.
What kind of compensation can I expect?
The compensation awarded after a pedestrian accident varies from case-to-case. In many cases, individuals can receive compensation for financial hindrances such as medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, and suffering. In addition, individuals can also receive compensation for any future costs like medical bills and lost wages due to not being able to return to work.
Do all pedestrian accident cases go to court?
The simple answer is no. There is always a possibility for an out-of-court settlement. Many who are involved in these types of accidents tend to seek out this possibility because court expenses can be quite costly for an individual, as well as unpredictable. However, we do recommend that you hire a knowledgeable South Florida pedestrian accident lawyer to help you make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Your attorney will then advise you on when the best time to file a lawsuit is in regard to your specific case. In most instances, the sooner you file, the better. Every state has a statute of limitations for these types of accidents, so it important to understand how long you have to file in your state of residence.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of a car or truck driver, motorcyclist, or due to premises liability and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact Zimmerman & Frachtman online or call (954) 509-1900 or toll free at (800) 886-LAWS. Our personal injury and pedestrian accident law firm offers free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.