Pedestrian Accident Attorney Boca Raton
Serving Florida from our Boca Raton Office
Pedestrian accidents are tragic, and often involve more deaths than motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 5,000 pedestrian deaths each year and in 2012, there were over 76,000 injuries in pedestrian accidents.
Collisions between pedestrians and vehicles are more common than people may realize. The Boca Raton pedestrian accident attorneys at Glotzer & Kobren handle a large majority of these cases – and the injuries we see sometimes are severe.
Negligence is Often the Cause
Most of the pedestrian and vehicle accidents we see involve negligence in some form. While it is true that there are cases where a pedestrian may be at fault, it is often the issue that car drivers do not operate their vehicles around pedestrians with safety in mind.
Some common causes of pedestrian-automobile collisions include, but are not limited to:
- Driving under the influence
- Running a red light
- Entering a crosswalk without looking for a pedestrian
- Turning right without looking for pedestrian
- Distracted driving
- Illegally parked vehicles, which make it difficult for other vehicles to see pedestrians
Drivers have a specific duty on the road. They must exercise caution and look out for pedestrians. Failing to do so is considered negligent behavior. This is especially true with pedestrians who are children.
Because children are small and unpredictable, drivers need to exercise a higher level of caution when driving through neighborhoods or around school zones. If a driver speeds through a school area or does not exercise any level of caution, they are negligent.
Injuries for Pedestrians are Severe – if Not Fatal
Because a pedestrian doesn’t have a steel vehicle surrounding them or airbags protecting them, they are at the mercy of all hazards of the roads. This lack of protection results in severe injuries that could be fatal for a pedestrian, while the driver of the vehicle walks away without injury.
Even at low speeds, a pedestrian could suffer from:
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and bruises
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Permanent paralysis or disability
The pain and suffering associated with a pedestrian-automobile accident is often severe, and the medical costs go well beyond just after the accident. Often pedestrians will have long-term medical costs and treatments.
They may also need to take excessive time off work or become permanently disabled – which means their earning capacity could be dramatically reduced.
“Recently I was in a car accident. I needed a personal injury attorney and Glotzer and Kobren came highly recommended. After meeting with them and a couple other firms, I knew I made the right choice in being represented by Bruce Glotzer. They are highly professional and responsive, but most important they made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Thanks Bruce.”