Miami Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Representing Injured Pedestrians & Their Families
It's a common understanding among drivers and pedestrians that "pedestrians have the right of way." Unfortunately, that's not how it plays out in real life. 80,000+ pedestrians are struck by vehicles annually; 4,500+ incidents resulted in pedestrian fatalities. If you suffered a severe injury or lost a loved one due to a negligent driver, our firm stands with you.
Our Florida pedestrian accident lawyers are known for the following:
- Close, compassionate attorney-client relationships
- Hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements
- Awards such as AV® Preeminent™ ratings and Best Lawyers® selection
- Rigorous trial preparation, using focus groups and trial simulation
- Limited caseloads to devote maximum time and focus to your case
Since 1984, we have represented injured pedestrians or their families in Florida, across the U.S., and around the globe. Our firm pours all of the necessary hours, expenses, and investigative resources to maximize verdicts or settlements. By holding negligent drivers responsible, we help our clients recover and move forward with peace of mind and security.
Contact us at (305) 770-6335 for a free consultation with our firm!
The 8 Most Dangerous Intersections in Miami*
- NE Second Avenue + 36th Street (Midtown Miami)
- SW 117th Avenue + Kendall Drive (West Kendall)
- South Dixie Highway south of I-95 (Coconut Grove/Coral Gables)
- SW 117th Avenue + 152nd Street (South Miami-Dade)
- NW 87th St + 36th St (Doral)
- The Brickell Avenue Bridge (Brickell)
- NE First Avenue + NE Sixth Street (Downtown Miami)
- Pines Boulevard + South Flamingo Road (Pembroke Pines)
*Information provided by The Miami New Times.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Pedestrian Accident
In Florida, it's not just the driver who can be held liable for a pedestrian accident. This is good news for all pedestrians, especially accident survivors who might have been struck by a driver and left behind in a hit-and-run.
Our firm has helped injured pedestrians include other liable parties in their claims, including:
- Employers (for commercial drivers)
- Dram show owners (if driver was drunk)
- Highway designers (if traffic patterns were partially to blame)
Ultimately, who can be held liable in your case will depend on the details of your accident. Our firm has considerable investigative resources that we can use to understand exactly what led to your injury—whether it was a mechanical failure, the serving too much alcohol, or a distracted driver. To get answers and learn your options, speak with us as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the CDC, there's a pedestrian accident every 1.5 hours in the United States. Between 15-20% of the victims of pedestrian accidents are senior citizens, and a fifth of all traffic deaths involving people 15 years or younger were pedestrian accidents. This could perhaps be explained by the fact that most people between 16 and 65 are driving rather than walking.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Low visibility
- Distraction due to phone use
- Drunk driving
- Unsafe roads
- Driver exhaustion
Some of the common factors in pedestrian accidents are fairly predictable; for instance, half of all pedestrian accidents involved either the driver or the pedestrian drinking alcohol. About 13% of pedestrian accidents involved a driver with a BAC above the legal limit. Common factors in many pedestrian accidents includes location (i.e. in urban areas, at non-intersections) and time (i.e. at night). Another common risk factor was speed; cars that traveled at excessive speeds were more likely to strike a pedestrian. Speed also affected how severe the pedestrian's injuries were.
Common Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents are devastating, both physically and psychologically. The human body is simply not designed to be struck by a 4,000-pound vehicle at any speed. As a result, pedestrian accidents are often fatal. According to NHTSA statistics, the point of contact for 86-87% of pedestrian accidents is the front of the vehicle, and most vehicles involved are passenger cars or light trucks.
Some of the most common pedestrian injuries include:
Each of these injuries are considered "catastrophic," in that they affect a person's mobility or cognitive function for long periods. They all require a great deal of medical care and (potentially) physical rehabilitation, which means these injuries will also render victims out of work for long periods. As a result, these injuries are physically, emotionally, psychologically, and financially costly.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims
With such costly injuries, pedestrians require substantial financial support. That's why the law allows injured pedestrians to seek damages that provide for all the financial losses they've suffered as a result of their accident and hospitalization.
Damages that injured pedestrians can claim include:
- The cost of medical care
- The cost of long-term treatment
- The income you've lost from recovering from your injuries
- The loss of earning ability you've suffered from your injuries
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Claiming any of these losses in court or in negotiation requires substantial evidence. Ensuring that you have all the evidence you need to make a case is our job; it's your job to get medical care and get better.
Experience in Pedestrian Accident Cases
Our firm explores every possible cause of your accident in our investigation. This not only provides you with answers (which can help offer some emotional closure) but also helps us hold every at-fault party accountable for your injuries.
In one of our notable cases, our Miami personal injury attorneys compelled an insurance company to pay our client $14.5 million when they were struck by a car. Our thorough preparation of your claim puts you in a position to demand the settlement or verdict you need to recover -well. Because we limit our caseload, we can also prepare your case more quickly-leading to faster resolutions while putting your adversary at a strategic disadvantage in court.
If you are concerned that you cannot afford an attorney, know we do not take a fee unless you win. Known as contingency fees, it ensures that every pedestrian injured in an accident can afford high-quality legal representation. When a negligent driver severely injures you or a loved one, there's no reason to hesitate-contact us as soon as possible.