Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate more than 60,000 pedestrians were injured as a result of auto accidents in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, about 8,000 accidents in Florida involved pedestrians, resulting in about 500 deaths.
Who is at Fault?
When a pedestrian is injured, it is not always the driver's fault. Sometimes the accident is caused by poor maintenance at the site of the accident. Regardless of who was at fault, pedestrians should seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney with special expertise in pedestrian accidents like Harry Rosen if they are injured.
A Matter of Consequence
Walkers and drivers are expected to be careful and watch out for each other. Pedestrians in many cases have the right of way if following the rules of the road the pedestrian can also be responsible for the collison. Unfortunately, drivers are not always able to avoid a pedestrian, even when they are obeying the law. Children are especially vulnerable to accidents as they are often too young to fully realize the dangers of running into the street, or going behind parked cars. Drivers might look before entering traffic, and still not see a small child. I recently favorably resolved a case where a 6 year old child darted out in front of a car that was driving beyond the posted speed in a school zone.
However, when a driver disobeys the rules of the road or is doing something other than giving full attention to the road, then they are displaying a total disregard for the safety of others. In the eyes of the law, they are considered negligent and need to be held accountable for their actions.
What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need?
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured as the result of negligence on the part of someone else, it’s time to contact Harry Rosen, a seasoned and successful pedestrian accident lawyer. Harry Rosen has a proven track record of getting pedestrian accident victims the compensation they are entitled to. It is our goal to keep our pedestrians safe by holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Keep in mind there is a limited amount of time in which to file a claim against the negligent party. We represent plaintiffs in Weston, North Miami, Sunrise, Davie, Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida. Contact our office at (954) 640-0259 for an initial consultation.