Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Represent Victims
Florida firm pursues compensation for injured walkers
The Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident attorneys at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. are skillful Florida legal advocates who represent plaintiffs across Broward County in settlement negotiations and litigation. Drawing on decades of experience, we have the skill and knowledge to handle complicated issues regarding liability and damages that often arise in these claims. In Sunrise, Plantation or anywhere else in South Florida, if you were hurt or a loved one died in a pedestrian accident, we will press for the compensation you deserve.
What is a pedestrian accident?
A pedestrian accident occurs when a motor vehicle strikes someone who is walking. It can occur on a street, or private property such as a parking lot. In addition to careless drivers, poor road conditions, traffic signal problems and lack of proper lighting can cause these collisions.
How pedestrian accidents frequently happen in Broward County
Factors frequently linked to pedestrian accidents include:
- Distractions — Some drivers think they can keep one eye on their phone or some other device while still focusing on the road. Unfortunately, it is much harder for a motorist who is texting, eating or doing something else to notice a pedestrian as opposed to another vehicle.
- Driving under the influence — Consuming alcohol or drugs hurts a driver’s ability to react quickly and could lead them to swerve into someone who is walking. In DUI accident cases, our firm works diligently to hold impaired drivers accountable for the harm they’ve done.
- Teen drivers — In the first few years after getting a license, young people might not be fully aware of their responsibilities. Many take risks like speeding and running red lights without regard for the people who may be in their path.
- Poor visibility — Weather conditions, obstructions and areas that are not well lit call for extra concentration from drivers. While cars have headlights and horns, there is little a pedestrian can do to alert a motorist who does not see them.
In auto accident and premises liability claims, our attorneys aggressively pursue payment from the individuals and businesses whose negligence contributed to a serious pedestrian injury.
Common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents
Someone hit by a vehicle while walking might never be the same again. They could suffer trauma to their brain or spinal cord that leaves them unable to function normally for the rest of their life. Broken bones, muscle damage, burns, cuts and other injuries might require extensive medical treatment. We consult with medical experts to build a persuasive argument for a financial recovery that addresses immediate treatment and long-range effects, such as scarring and permanent disability.
Where do pedestrian accidents most occur?
Certain locations are more prone to pedestrian accidents than others. Crosswalks can be dangerous, especially when drivers are not aware of the laws that exist to protect walkers. Crowded places such as parking lots and garages also pose a threat as motorists might be paying more attention to finding a space or the exit than to looking for pedestrians. Walkers in dark clothes might be hard to see at night and ear buds can block out the sound of a vehicle or its horn.
Liability in Florida pedestrian accidents
You have four years from the date of a pedestrian accident to file a legal claim, but it is usually best to start the legal process as soon as possible so you can locate the evidence needed to make the strongest possible case. Though Florida is still a no-fault insurance state, many pedestrians suffer severe and permanent injuries when they’re struck by a vehicle, which allows them to sue the driver directly or file a claim with the driver’s insurance carrier.
Contact a South Florida pedestrian accident lawyer to schedule a free initial consultation
Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. represents clients who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents throughout South Florida. You can schedule a free consultation by calling (954) 416-0124 or contacting us online. Our office is in Fort Lauderdale and we assist victims in Hollywood, Coral Springs and throughout Broward County. .