Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
The bustling streets of Fort Lauderdale pose threats on every corner for pedestrians. Pedestrians are “vulnerable road users,” or those at the greatest risk of injury on the roadways. Broward County has several initiatives and committees working hard to make the streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians. The city has made investments into improving the safety of pedestrian paths and to creating walk-able neighborhoods. Still, pedestrian collisions happen in the city every year. If you or someone you love was recently the victim of a pedestrian-vehicle collision, you may be eligible for significant financial recovery.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Anywhere there are pedestrians crossing paths with vehicles, there is a risk for deadly collisions. There are certain factors that can increase the risk, such as poorly designed crosswalks and distracted drivers. In Fort Lauderdale, pedestrians face these risks and many others. 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. We’ve noticed that there are three main factors involved in most pedestrian collisions:
- Driver negligence. 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.
- Pedestrian negligence. 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, may be at least partially responsible for a subsequent collision.
- Unsafe crosswalks. 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.
A single collision could involve two or three of these factors, as well as others, such as the negligence of a third-party driver on the scene. It is possible to file claims against more than one party for a pedestrian accident in Fort Lauderdale. 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.
Attorneys for Pedestrians in Fort Lauderdale
Jason and Debi Chalik have practiced personal injury law in Fort Lauderdale since 1995. They are heavily invested in the local community and work hard to offer top-quality legal services to injured pedestrians in South Florida. They have a firm understanding of the city’s pedestrian laws and know how to maximize the odds of compensation in a personal injury claim against a negligent driver, the city, or another party. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation.