If you or someone you love was recently the victim of a pedestrian-vehicle collision, you may be eligible for significant financial recovery. Anywhere there are pedestrians crossing paths with vehicles, there is a risk for deadly collisions.
Pedestrians are “vulnerable road users,” or those at the greatest risk of injury on the roadways. In Fort Lauderdale, pedestrians face these risks and many others.
For a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident attorney at Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, call us now.
How an Attorney Can Help You Fight Your Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accident Case
In our decades of legal experience at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik, we’ve represented clients in pedestrian accidents from a number of causes. Your pedestrian accident lawyers in Fort Lauderdale can take on your case to seek a fair award for you.
Your team can:
- Analyze your accident and investigate to find out what happened
- Gather evidence to support your testimony
- Recruit the help of expert medical witnesses
- Interview eyewitnesses
- File paperwork
- Cover court costs for you until you receive your settlement
- Stand with you in court, if necessary
- Help you stay within the statute of limitations
- Answer your questions
- Inform you of your options
- Negotiate with the insurance company for you
- Advise you regarding your legal decisions
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Risk Factors Associated with Pedestrian Accidents That You Can Use as Grounds to Sue
Pedestrian accidents often involve unsuspecting people who are hit by a car despite making reasonable attempts to protect themselves from injury. Even if a pedestrian waits on the sidewalk for a protected signal before crossing an intersection, they cannot predict the actions of vehicle drivers.
Drivers are expected to respect the right of way of those traveling on foot and share the road with them. However, it is possible to file claims against more than one party for a pedestrian accident in Fort Lauderdale. A single collision could involve two or three contributing factors, as well as others, such as the negligence of a third-party driver on the scene.
Drivers who do not pay full attention to the roadway run the risk of colliding with pedestrians in crosswalks or walking alongside the road. The increasing rates of texting and driving in Broward County have heightened this significant risk for pedestrians.
Pedestrians don’t automatically have the right of way in Fort Lauderdale. They have responsibilities just like drivers do to obey the rules of the roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks. A pedestrian who steps into the road without waiting for the “Walk” signal, for example, might be at least partially responsible for a subsequent collision.
The City of Fort Lauderdale is working toward a “Complete Streets Policy.” This policy aims to increase public safety, reduce traffic volume, and create a safer environment for pedestrians and motorists alike. The policy will ideally improve the planning, design, and maintenance of pedestrian pathways in the city. Until then, however, pedestrians still face risks from poorly designed and dangerous crosswalks.
The Code of the City of Fort Lauderdale Chapter 16-31 states that pedestrian walkways are public spaces. If there was a pothole that caused you to trip and become injured, you could take action against the City.
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What if You are Partially at Fault for the Accident?
While the majority of pedestrian accidents occur due to reckless and negligent driving, pedestrians are also responsible for following safety rules and traffic signs in order to avoid accidents.
Under Florida Statutes §768.81, Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning the courts can split fault between two or more parties for an accident, making claims fair but complex. Even if the pedestrian was partially responsible, he/she could still be eligible for recovery. So, you can recover damages despite being partially at fault. Your settlement would be lessened in proportion to your level of fault, however.
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Past Clients are Happy with the Services Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Provide
Jason and Debi Chalik have practiced personal injury law in Fort Lauderdale since 1995. Our pedestrian accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale are heavily invested in the local community and work hard to offer top-quality legal services to injured pedestrians in South Florida.
We have a firm understanding of the city’s pedestrian laws and know how to secure compensation in a Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident claim against a negligent driver, motorcycle rider, the city, or another party.
Our past clients say:
- “[They] kept me in the loop of everything that was going on. Very professional. – Steven Mercado
- “I will definitely recommend you & your firm to anyone who wants to be treated professionally courteously and needs results.” – Dvir Weiss
- “Very customer focused, made sure my health and well being was their top priority.” – Sherry Ross
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