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Crosswalk Accident Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale

In the U.S., only five states account for nearly half of the nation’s pedestrian deaths—and Florida is one of them. In fact, our state had the second-highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2018, ranked 4th in the country for highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100k population.

The number of pedestrian injuries in Florida is even more staggering. In 2018, for example, 7,970 of the state’s 9,331 collisions involving pedestrians resulted in pedestrian injuries. The state is currently developing methods of protection for pedestrians, such as additional crosswalks with yield signs and flashing lights to alert drivers. However, you may be in a position where these measures are too little, too late.

If you were injured in a crosswalk accident, you may be able to collect compensatory damages from the at-fault driver. At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., our crosswalk accident attorneys are committed to helping Fort Lauderdale residents recover from devastating accidents. We understand that the consequences of a serious injury are far-reaching and debilitating in multiple ways, and we will work tirelessly to advocate for your rights in court.

Call (888) 499-6206 to consult with one of our accomplished crosswalk accident lawyers today.

Crosswalk Laws in Florida: When Is a Driver Liable for Your Injuries?

According to Florida Statutes, a pedestrian legally crossing the street at an intersection has the right-of-way, and all approaching vehicles must stop.

You have the right-of-way as a pedestrian when you are:

  • Using a crosswalk anywhere on the driver’s side of the road
  • Using a crosswalk and approaching a lane on the driver’s side of the road
  • Using a crosswalk in the path of a driver turning right or left on a green light

In Florida, all sides of the intersection are crosswalks, even if they are unmarked. The only exception is when areas are closed for construction. Florida law states that if a driver hits you in a crosswalk “after driving past a yield sign without stopping, the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way.”

However, you might not be entitled to compensation if you crossed illegally. Examples of illegally crossing the road include:

  • Suddenly leaving the curb at an unsignalized crosswalk and running into the path of a vehicle without giving them adequate time to stop
  • Crossing the intersection diagonally at an unsignalized crosswalk, unless authorized to do so by traffic devices
  • Crossing the roadway at a signalized intersection when facing a red or DON’T WALK signal
  • Starting to cross the roadway when a signal indication is yellow or flashing the DON’T WALK alert, which communicates that you do not have enough time to cross the entire length of the road

Statistically, pedestrians are much safer when they use crosswalks, especially those accompanied by signals, flashing lights, and signs reminding drivers to yield the right-of-way. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, however, pedestrians “have a false sense of security in a marked crosswalk at uncontrolled locations.” Although pedestrians have the right-of-way, many drivers still show a blatant disregard for those using crosswalks.

Other factors that cause crosswalk accidents include:

  • Weather conditions limiting visibility
  • Failing to take proper care at night (e.g. using headlights, driving more slowly, etc.)
  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving

If you were hit while legally using a crosswalk, you will likely be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.

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While a lawsuit settlement may not atone for the driver’s negligent actions, compensation will help you afford the medical treatment you need to recover. Our lawyers at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. have more than 240 years of combined experience, and we will use our unparalleled skills to help you navigate the legal system and achieve a favorable outcome.

Those who caused your pain and suffering must be held accountable. Schedule your consultation online or call our firm directly at (888) 499-6206 today.

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