Plantation, FL, Pedestrian Injury Attorney
Thousands of people are injured in pedestrian accidents in Florida each year. Hundreds of these pedestrian accident victims die as a result of their injuries. The majority of pedestrian accidents occur in intersections and crosswalks, but they can happen anywhere that people and vehicles are both present. Injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents are almost always serious. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, a Plantation, FL, pedestrian injury attorney can help.
Pedestrian Accident Causes
Drivers have a responsibility to look for pedestrians at all times, but have an elevated duty to do so in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present, including intersections, crosswalks, school zones, and near parks. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Failure to observe crosswalks
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Failure to use extra care in school zones
- Failure to use turn signals
- Distracted driver (such as cell phone use or texting)
- Poor visibility
- Defective roadways, including malfunctioning traffic signals
- Defective vehicles
Where Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Pedestrian accidents are most likely to happen in areas where pedestrians have the right of way. This is due to a combination of drivers failing to look for or observe the pedestrian’s right of way and a false sense of security on the part of pedestrians in areas where they have the right of way. Pedestrian accident can happen in other settings, as well. Areas where pedestrian accidents happen include:
- Parking lots
- Bus stops
- Front yards
- Railroad crossings
Pedestrian accidents can also occur in roadways or on the shoulder of the road when a car has broken down or had a flat tire and the occupants must get out of the vehicle in a dangerous area.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, call Plantation, FL, pedestrian accident attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. by calling (954) 473-1500 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.