Coral Springs Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Hit by a Car? We Handle Cases Throughout Florida
In Florida and throughout the country, people hit by cars or other vehicles
are by no means rare. Based on statistics from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person walking somewhere in this country is injured by being struck
by a vehicle every 8 minutes.
We have handled cases involving people struck by cars in almost every Broward
County city. We settled a case for the family of a 74-year-old Weston
woman who was struck in a Pembroke Pines shopping center here in Broward
County. The case settled within 7 months from the time we got the case
referred to us from another lawyer, for the insurance policy limits of
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
A pedestrian is a person walking along a road or in a developed area, or
Florida Statutes, “any person afoot.” Basically, any person walking is considered
a pedestrian. Unfortunately, all too often in the South Florida area,
pedestrians are the victims of traffic accidents. In 2011 in Florida alone,
pedestrians were involved in 7,039 traffic accidents which resulted in
6,194 pedestrians being injured and almost 500 being killed.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The beautiful South Florida climate and our congested roads are often a
deadly combination for pedestrians. Far too often, drivers fail to pay
attention to road conditions, fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians,
roll through right hand turns and crosswalks, and drive too aggressively.
This negligent or reckless behavior often leads to serious injury or death
of people exercising, heading to work, running errands, or taking a leisurely stroll.
Regular walking has many benefits that include promoting good health and
creating a higher quality of life. For example, walking helps improve
muscle strength, lowers the risk of chronic illnesses, and decreases the
rate of disability. According to the
Mayo Clinic, a regular brisk walk helps you prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, heart
disease, and high blood pressure — just as important in today’s
stressful world, regular walking can also improve your mood.
However, there are certain situations that increase your risk of being
involved in an accident with a motor vehicle as a pedestrian. As part of its
Pedestrian Safety Workshop, the Highway Safety Research Center explains that intersections, vehicles
backing up, and drivers not seeing you are all potentially dangerous situations
for pedestrians. That is why it is important to always be alert, carefully
choose your path, and make an effort to be visible to traffic. Taking
these precautions can lower the risk of being the victim in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian Accident Case Studies
We are very familiar with the different scenarios that can lead to pedestrian
accidents, having handled numerous such cases. In one of our previous
cases, a young man suffered a broken leg that confined him to a wheelchair
for several months after he was struck by a car while attempting to cross
a residential intersection. The failure to maintain the center median
and the fact that bushes and trees obscured the view of both pedestrians
and vehicles contributed to that accident.
In another case handled by our law firm, a man suffered a knee injury after
being struck leaving a gas station while walking through the pumps to
go back to his car. He did not receive medical attention for almost 7
weeks from the date of the accident. After the defendant refused a $25,000
settlement demand before trial, a second jury awarded several times that
offer after an appeal in
Goldenberg v. Regional Import & Export Trucking Co., Inc. reversed the first jury’s lower verdict. In that case, Mr. Cytryn
successfully argued that a juror should have been excused because of her
definite biases and prejudices against that particular type of personal
injury lawsuit. Following this appeal, a jury returned a verdict of more
than $310,000 before a set-off for our client’s comparative negligence
in the amount of about $77,600.
According to a
report by CBS Miami, in 2010, a pedestrian crossing University Drive and Ramblewood Drive
in the city of Coral Springs was struck by an unlicensed hit and run driver.
As reported by the Coral Springs Police, the impact to the victim was
so severe that he passed away shortly after arriving to the hospital.
One of the pedestrian accident cases we have handled in Broward County
involved our client, a 29-year-old male who was at a gas station at the
time of his accident. Our client was exiting the gas station after making
a purchase, when the defendant driver proceeded forward, hitting our client’s
left leg. After the accident, our client had to undergo an arthroscopic
procedure on his knee. The jury found the defendant 70% at fault and awarded
$280,000 for our client’s case.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can happen in even the safest cities like Coral Springs.
For the most part, these accidents are due to negligence by motor vehicles
driving recklessly. In such cases, the injured party may be entitled to
file a claim. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, Law Offices
Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A. can help. We have been working with pedestrian
accident victims for 40 years and know how traumatic these accidents can be.
A pedestrian accident can be caused by:
- Failure to pay attention to road conditions
- Failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Failure to stop before making right hand turns
- Failure to stop at crosswalks
- Inattentive/distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Speeding/reckless driving
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Avoid jay walking or crossing the street illegally
- Use sidewalks whenever they are available to you
- Wear colors that are easily seen by drivers
- Avoid walking if you have consumed alcohol
- Be cautious when crossing roads by looking in every direction
- Do not walk in restricted areas
Call Now for Your Free Consultation
Our team of lawyers is committed to helping pedestrian accident victims.
They understand that when people are involved in pedestrian accidents,
it can be an overwhelming experience for not only the victim, but for
family members and friends as well. To save you time, our firm offers
a free consultation for any person involved in an accident. If we determine
it is a case we can handle, we will schedule an appointment for you to
meet with one of our attorneys. If you are severely injured at a hospital,
or do not have transportation, one of our lawyers or representatives will
come to you.
At Law Offices Cytryn &Velazquez, P.A., we are dedicated to easing
the process of being involved in a pedestrian accident. We work on a contingency
basis, meaning that if our attorneys do not recover anything on your behalf,
you don’t pay any fees or costs.
If you are a victim of a Coral Springs pedestrian accident,
contact us now at
(954) 833-1440 for your free consultation.