Wilton Drive in Broward, Florida, is a prime spot for pedestrian accidents. More than 80-percent of city accidents involving pedestrians since 2009 have occurred on Wilton Drive, Oakland Park Boulevard, Andrews Avenue, Powerline Road, and Northeast Sixth Avenue, with Wilton Drive taking the majority.
Local and state officials are working together to make the road safer. Police have been conducting pedestrian educational campaigns, and pedestrians are receiving more citations than ever for violating street-crossing regulations. Since April, pedestrians have received more than 100 verbal or written warnings for street-crossing violations, like jay walking. Police note that nationwide more than two-thirds of pedestrian accidents occur outside of crosswalks. Drivers are also being targeted more closely, and are receiving more citations for failing to yield to pedestrians.
Florida has some of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the entire country. Nice weather is one factor, as well as a large influx of tourists. Visitors to sunny Florida aren’t familiar with the roads, and are often distracted while they’re driving, as they’re trying to determine where they’re going and are paying less attention to pedestrians.
While these new measures will hopefully help stem pedestrian accidents on Wilton Drive and other main thoroughfares, pedestrian accidents will remain a problem in Florida. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you may not know your rights. Pedestrians almost always have the right of way, so if you are injured you should consult a pedestrian accident attorney immediately to help you with your case. Often, the driver will say you were in the wrong, or they had the right of way. Without aggressive representation, you could end up with astronomical medical bills.
Things like medications, hospital stays, physical therapy, lost wages, and more can add up to thousands of dollars, even in seemingly minor accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today. For more than 30 years attorney Cunningham has been working for the rights of pedestrians, and has helped hundreds of victims receive the compensation they deserve after an accident. Call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) today to schedule your free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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