Allapattah Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The Allapattah neighborhood in Miami is a diverse, working-class area. When the region was settled in 1856, it was predominantly white. However, it became a welcome area to individuals of other races and cultures in the 1950s. Eventually, the area was home to a large population of those of Cuban, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Haitian, and Honduran descent. It is known as a melting pot, and a portion of the neighborhood has been nicknamed Little Santa Domingo.
While Allapattah’s streets are often lined with cars, it is also connected by Miami’s Metrorail at the Earlington Heights, Allapattah, and Santa Clara stops. There are also Metrobus stops throughout the area. Many residents of the neighborhood and visitors use these methods of public transportation to get to and from work, take their children to school, run errands, and to go out with friends. This means there are many people walking throughout the neighborhood as they walk to and from bus and train stops. Additionally, Allapattah has many pedestrians as residents and visitors traverse the area on foot. Residents may job or run through the neighborhood. Visitors may explore and find hole-in-the-way restaurants.
All of this means there are many people on foot in Allapattah, which increases the risk of pedestrian accidents. If you are hurt or a loved one is killed after being struck by a vehicle, do not hesitate to call a Allapattah pedestrian accident lawyer at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. at (877) 475-2905.Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Allapattah
Vehicle-pedestrian accidents happen for many reasons. Both vehicle drivers and pedestrians can be negligent and cause a crash, or both may be partly at fault. However, in many cases, it is the vehicle drivers who fail to drive as carefully as they should and end up putting pedestrians in danger.
After years of representing Allapattah residents, our pedestrian accident lawyers in Allapattah have found that some of the most common causes of vehicle-pedestrian collisions include:
- Excessive speeding in Allapattah : This can include speeding above the designated speed limit, driving too fast for traffic conditions, or driving too fast for weather conditions, such as if it is raining and the pavement is wet. Speeding greater than was is reasonable and prudent under the conditions is illegal in Florida. If speed causes a pedestrian accident in Allapattah, evidence of the driver’s speed can be used to prove their negligence.
- Failure to follow a traffic control device : Allapattah has many stop lights, stop signs, and yield signs. When a driver in the neighborhood does not pay attention to these traffic control devices or deliberately ignores them, they increase the risk of crashing into a pedestrian who is crossing the street. This includes running red lights, running through stop signs or conducting a “rolling stop,” and failing to yield the right of way.
- Distracted driving : One of the top forms of distracted driving is cell phone use. People drive throughout Allapattah while talking and texting on their phones, or even playing games. There are other forms of distraction as well, such as eating, drinking, smoking, grooming, reading, talking with passengers, messing with the radio, and reaching for objects in the car. Any action that takes a driver’s mind off their task, eyes off the road, and hands off the wheel increases the risk of a crash.
- Driving under the influence (DUI) : Drunk driving and drugged driving are an issue throughout Miami, including in Allapattah. Drivers who are impaired due to drugs or alcohol are much more likely to strike a pedestrian because of failing to follow traffic laws, failing to follow a traffic control device, or by driving off the road.
If you suffered injuries or your loved one was killed as a pedestrian, do not hesitate to contact our pedestrian accident attorneys in Allapattah. We are here to thoroughly investigate the crash and determine the underlying cause. We will gather evidence of the negligent driver’s fault, which we will then use to pursue compensation through a lawsuit and insurance claim.Pursuing Compensation After Your Allapattah Pedestrian Accident
After you are injured in a vehicle-pedestrian crash in Allapattah, you have to deal with the medical bills. On top of the extra bills, you are probably out of work for weeks or months. If you have suffered a serious disability, you may not return to work for years or ever. Naturally, you want the negligent driver to be responsible for your medical expenses and lost income. Given the physical and emotional pain you are experiencing, it is also fair to ask to be compensation for your pain and suffering and mental anguish.
At Gerson & Schwartz P.A., our Allapattah pedestrian accident attorneys are here to fight for your right to compensation. To begin with, we will investigate the accident and determine who is at fault and who is liable. If someone in their own vehicle hit you, then that driver is both at fault and liable. However, if someone hit you while driving a rental vehicle, driving a borrowed vehicle, or while working, then the liable party may be the vehicle owner, rental company, or business’s insurance policy. You may be able to seek compensation from both the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy—if they have one—and the vehicle owner or company’s auto insurance policy.
As your attorneys, we will thoroughly explore every avenue possible for your financial recovery. In addition to analyzing the negligent and liable parties, we will look for every possible insurance policy . Our goal will be to obtain you full and fair compensation through an insurance settlement as soon as possible.Contact Us for Help Today
To learn more about how Gerson & Schwartz P.A. can help you and your family after an Allapattah pedestrian accident, contact us online or call (305) 371-6000 to schedule a free consultation.