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Pedestrian Accidents

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 $1.35 million.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

A pedestrian is a person walking along a road or in a developed area, or under the 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 more than 36 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.

Why Hire Our Firm? 

What You Can Expect From Us
  • 40 Years of Experience

    We have a proven track record of success in accident cases over 4 decades.

  • Board Certified Lawyer

    We have one of only three board certified civil trial lawyers in Northwest Broward County.

  • No Fee If No Recovery

    We work on a contingency fee, so we only get paid if you get paid.

  • Our Results Don't Lie

    We’ve had more than 25 cases that have settled or resulted in jury verdicts of one million dollars or more.

  • Always Available for You

    If you don’t have a way of getting to our office, we will come to your home or hospital.

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