West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorneys who are determined to get you justice
Florida, like many heavily populated parts of the country, is a state crowded with cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Drivers sometimes forget that someone on foot may suddenly appear in a crosswalk - and have a legal right to be there. A motorist rushing to get to work might look down for a second when the pedestrian steps into the path of the car. The result may be a traumatic injury to the pedestrian.
If you were injured as a pedestrian, it's important to contact an experienced Florida pedestrian accident lawyer who can defend your rights. Unfortunately, insurance companies may try to limit your compensation if you're injured. Their representatives in many cases will try to pin the blame on you for the accident. Don't fall for their games.
More than 4,500 fatal pedestrian accidents are reported each year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands of other pedestrian accidents result in catastrophic injuries, including spinal injuries, brain damage, paralysis and even death, which may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. It's not unusual for a pedestrian to sustain broken bones or fractures that result in significant medical bills and lost earnings due to time away from work.
While they sometimes are injured through no fault of their own, pedestrians can reduce their risks by following some basic steps:
- Use cross-walks
- Don't dart out into the road
- Wait for the "walk" signal
In South Florida, pedestrians generally are better off walking in the more urban areas such as City Place, Lake Worth, Delray, Hollywood, South Beach, where motorists drive more slowly than in the suburban areas west of I-95.
Malls are a common location for pedestrian accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians can happen in mall parking lots, where cars are backing out of spaces and drivers may be in a rush to find a spot. A pedestrian injury may happen at any of the following locations:
- Wellington Green Mall
- The Boca Town Center
- Palm Beach Gardens Mall
- The Mall at Adventura
- Sawgrass Mills
Contact a West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorney
The average person has little or no experience dealing with insurance companies after a serious accident. We understand how overwhelming it is if you suddenly become a victim of a South Florida pedestrian accident or lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident. If you are represented by Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., you will have an experienced West Palm Beach accident attorney who knows how to negotiate a claim and get you fair compensation. Contact our firm today.