Salpeter Gitkin LLP
Call now to schedule a free initial consultation
PH 800.675.4128

Pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries

Florida is one of the few states to experience warm weather all-year round. Because of this, many Fort Lauderdale residents prefer their feet or bicycles to their motor vehicles. Sadly, some pedestrians end up getting injured by one of those motor vehicles. Pedestrians who have been injured in a car accident can file a personal injury suit against the driver that hit them.

While pedestrians are expected to use reasonable care when walking in public, drivers are also expected to act responsibly behind the wheel. Drivers owe a duty to pedestrians to exercise reasonable care while operating their vehicles. Breaching that duty can be an example of negligence. Drivers who run red lights, speed, drive while distracted or drive while under the influence could be considered legally negligent. By establishing negligence and proving that the driver's negligence caused their injuries, injured pedestrians may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages in court. Medical expenses, emotional trauma, lost income and many other costs can be covered.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), close to 5,000 pedestrians die in car accidents every year. These accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons. Speeding drivers, poor visibility and failure to pay attention are some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents.

Pedestrian accidents often result in more serious injuries than accidents involving only cars. Cars protect motorists by providing them with a metal protection of sorts. Pedestrians involved in car accidents are typically not protected at all and are hit by the cars directly. Because of the severe injuries that can occur, it is important for injured pedestrians to know that they have legal options.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents Overview," accessed on Jan. 30, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • The Florida Bar 1950
  • Dade County Bar Association 1920 LEX
  • Broward County Bar Association 1925 Fidelity To Law Truth
  • Broward County Justice Association
  • American Association For Justice
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Salpeter Gitkin LLP
1 E. Broward Blvd
Ste 1500
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Toll Free: 800-675-4128
Fax: 954-467-8623
Fort Lauderdale Law Office Map

North Miami Beach Office
3363 NE 163 Street
Suite 708
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Toll Free: 800-675-4128
Fax: 954-467-8623
Map & Directions

Tallahassee Office
2623 Centennial Blvd.
Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Toll Free: 800-675-4128
Fax: 954-467-8623
Map & Directions

REVIEW US