Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale
Genuine and Compassionate Representation for the Seriously Injured
In the U.S., 5 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 and was ranked 4th in the country for our rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100k population. We’ve been awarded the highest pedestrian danger index (PDI) in the nation.
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 looking at policies to protect pedestrians, such as additional crosswalks with yield signs and flashing lights to alert drivers. However, what pedestrians need is action—and for each day Florida officials delay, more people will be injured by reckless drivers.
If you were injured in a crosswalk accident, you may be able to collect compensatory damages from the at-fault driver. Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is committed to helping Fort Lauderdale residents find justice after devastating accidents. We understand that the consequences of a serious injury are far-reaching, and we work tirelessly to advocate for our clients both in insurance negotiations and in court.
Call us at (888) 499-6206 to consult with one of our accomplished pedestrian accident lawyers today. We proudly serve the injured in and around Fort Lauderdale.
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 an intersection are considered 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, a driver may argue they are not responsible for an accident because you crossed the road illegally by:
- 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 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 clear the intersection
If a driver can prove they were not at fault for a pedestrian accident, you will not be able to recover any compensation beyond what your PIP provides. You might not receive any assistance with outstanding medical bills or ongoing expenses related to a catastrophic injury. Working with an experienced and dedicated lawyer can protect your right to compensation in the face of unfair or untrue claims.
Factors in Pedestrian Accidents
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may need extensive evidence to show the driver who hit you was at fault. Our lawyers can investigate your accident and preserve any proof of the other party’s wrongdoing. We will consider whether causes such as the following were involved:
- Driving too fast for current weather conditions
- Failing to take proper care at night (e.g. using headlights, driving more slowly, etc.)
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Road designs that decrease visibility for pedestrians or drivers
If you were legally crossing the road at the time of your accident, you are likely entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. We can help you make your case for a fair settlement.
Free, Compassionate Consultations
While a lawsuit settlement may not atone for the driver’s negligent actions, receiving fair compensation can help you afford the medical treatment you need to recover. We want to make sure you have access to the best care possible. Our attorneys genuinely care about your wellbeing, which drives us to do all we can to increase your compensation after an accident.
Our team at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. has over 50 years of experience, and we can use our skills and knowledge to help you navigate the legal system and achieve a favorable outcome. If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian or crosswalk accident, you need an advocate on your side. Ask us today how we can help you.
Schedule your free consultation online or call our firm directly at (888) 499-6206 today. We are here to help injured pedestrians find justice.