Coral Springs, 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. When considering that we have some of the best world-class events held in South Florida, the tropical weather, and the exciting things to do on a daily basis, it is no wonder that in 2010 Florida was the second highest in the nation in total pedestrian fatalities.
We are all pedestrians, walking on foot much of the time. 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.
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.
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. In fact, 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 improve your mood.
However, there are certain situations that increase your risk as a pedestrian of being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. 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 for being the victim in a pedestrian accident.
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 seven weeks from the date of the accident. After the defendant refused a $25,000 settlement demand before trial, a second jury awarded several times than 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.
At the Law Offices of Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A., we understand how emotionally, physically, and financially devastating injuries resulting from being struck by a car or other vehicle can be and will fight for your rights against the responsible parties. Call our office today at 1-877-853-7466 to schedule your free consultation. Our experience enables us to analyze and consider the many different factors that come into play in each unique pedestrian accident.