Fort Lauderdale Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Attorney
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 52,000 riders of bicycles, tricycles and unicycles were injured in traffic accidents — with over 700 of those accidents causing a fatality. Approximately 70,000 pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents in the United States each year. Children and elderly people often fall victim to such accidents, and the resulting damage can be horrific, resulting in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and lost limbs. If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you should consult an effective Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Many of the accidents that lead to injury to pedestrians and bicycle riders involve motorists who were speeding, distracted or impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs. Bicycle riders in particular often fall victim to people who pull out of their driveways without looking carefully or people who open their car doors directly in a rider’s path. The NHTSA reports that alcohol was a factor in more than a third of the accidents that led to the death of a bicycle rider and in nearly half of the accidents that led to a pedestrian’s death.
If you are a pedestrian or bicycle rider who has been injured in a traffic accident caused at least in part by someone else’s negligence, or if someone you love suffered injuries as a result of such an accident, you should discuss your case with a Florida personal injury attorney from the Florida Injury Law Group. The injured person may be able to receive financial compensation for medical expenses, for any lost wages or resulting decrease in future earning power, as well as for the pain and suffering associated with the injury. If the conduct that led to the injury was particularly blameworthy, the party responsible might also have to pay punitive damages, which are intended both to punish the wrongdoer and to act as a deterrent.
Under Florida law, pedestrians and riders who may have been somewhat negligent themselves may still be able to recover partial compensation, based on the other party’s degree of fault. An experienced Ft Lauderdale personal injury attorney from the Florida Injury Law Group can help you understand what evidence must be gathered and preserved in order to clarify who was at fault and to what extent, and work to recover the maximum compensation possible on your behalf.
If you have any further questions or if you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident and would like to speak to one of our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys, please call us or contact us here.