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Pedestrian Accidents

Florida Pedestrian Car Accidents are Both Dangerous and Preventable

Almost everyone knows that pedestrians always have the right of way when crossing the street. However, some reckless and negligent drivers fail to follow this simple rule, and as a result, thousands of people are hurt or even killed in Florida car accidents involving pedestrians.

When walking the streets of Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, or any other city in Florida with heavy automobile traffic, it is important to follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of being in an accident:

  • Do your job as a pedestrian. Follow all rules and obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Always look both ways when crossing the street. This may seem elementary, but the majority of pedestrian accidents happen in multi-directional intersections.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Not all pedestrian injuries are caused by drivers; holes, bumps and poorly kept roads are also dangerous and worth heeding.
  • Don’t assume drivers are paying full attention. Even if you have right of way, use caution when entering any road.
  • Go the safest route. Avoid busy intersections or roads and always used under or over-passes whenever possible.

While these tips can help lower your risk of injury, Florida pedestrian accidents can still occur when you least expect. If you have been involved in a car accident as a pedestrian, be sure to contact a Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Okeechobee, or West Palm Beach accident attorney immediately to learn about your legal rights.

As a victim of a pedestrian car accident you most likely have grounds to seek to recover compensation for any injury or monetary loss associated with the accident. At the Chalik and Chalik Law Offices, we offer free initial consultations to discuss your accident.

When cars collide with pedestrians, there is a high potential for serious injury or even death. Each year, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed as the result of a catastrophic motor vehicle accident.

In the U.S., 43 percent of all deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents occurred in four states: California, Florida, Texas, and New York. Florida has the second highest rate of pedestrian deaths, at 2.56 per 100,000 residents.

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