Pedestrian accidents in Fort Lauderdale aren’t rare, but they happen enough times to consider them a significant cause of injury and possibly death in Fort Lauderdale.
Just in 2017 alone, there were 42,000 crashes in Broward County. If that wasn’t bad enough, there were approximately 300 deaths from out of 42,000 crashes in Broward County.
Although this doesn’t seem like a big number, it is actually a huge number. Mainly because these deaths are preventable.
The number one cause of car accidents in Fort Lauderdale is distracted driving. But what defines distracted driving?
Distracted driving is when you drive while distracted (as the name suggests). Anything from texting while driving, calling while driving, or even changing the music while you’re driving can be classified as distracted driving.
Although distracted driving affects other motor vehicle operators and they are probably the most common victims, the most affected and those that suffer the most severe damages are pedestrians.
Pedestrian Accidents in Fort Lauderdale
Pedestrian accidents probably have the worst consequences in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale is already ranked second in the nation for being one of the deadliest cities for pedestrians (when it comes to pedestrian accidents).
Pedestrian accidents in Fort Lauderdale are especially dangerous because of the nature of how the accidents happen.
Imagine you are just a regular person walking across the street. You look on both sides just to make sure and start crossing. While you are crossing, in your peripheral you see a big blur and suddenly you’re in the air. You don’t even know what happened, but you know it’s bad. Next thing you know, you’re in the hospital and in tremendous pain.
Although that is just an exaggerated story, the point I’m trying to make is that pedestrian accidents in Fort Lauderdale can leave serious injuries.
The losses that can be suffered throughout the entirety of a pedestrian accident can be minor or just outright devastating. From something as simple as just a few scratches or maybe some bruising to devastating injuries such as broken bones and internal organ damage, pedestrian accidents are to be taken seriously.
Pedestrian Accidents at Night in Fort Lauderdale
Pedestrian accidents at night are probably the worst thing that can happen to someone in terms of accidents involving motor vehicles.
Not only is there poor visibility even with the lights on, but at night is when there is a good chance that there are drunk drivers out there. After a night in the club or the bar and possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or both), there is a good chance that drivers at night are even less likely to be able to see you (especially if they are driving under the influence).
Due to this, I personally just don’t recommend being out at night on the streets.
With the combination of the streets being more accommodated for cars than pedestrians and the fact that drivers almost completely forget about the existence of pedestrians, walking on the street at night is probably the worst thing you can do.
However, we are not saying that it is your fault. In fact, that is FAR from what we are saying. Do not take it the wrong way. What we are saying is that the best way to stay safe from drunk driving and the dangers of poor visibility at night, avoiding walking on the streets at night is the best way to not get in a pedestrian accident.
Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a pedestrian accident in Fort Lauderdale, contact a personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale for legal guidance to receive the financial compensation that you may be entitled to.
Negligent driving is a hindrance to traffic order in Fort Lauderdale and it is one of the biggest causes of deadly accidents.
A personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale can help you starting with a free consultation to hear out your story. From there, if we can determine that we can help you, we will start gathering evidence such as medical bills and photos to start building you a strong case for financial compensation.
Remember, we don’t win until YOU win.