Pedestrian Accidents and Tourists
No one wants to see a vacation ruined by a serious or fatal accident. But when a tourist, visitor or winter resident is seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in Broward County, seeking justice can be complicated by living out of state.
Fort Lauderdale Pedestrian Accident Attorney Richard Ansara and the staff at our law offices are committed to fighting for the rights of those injured or killed in pedestrian accidents involving tourists throughout Broward County, including Weston, Sunrise, Miramar, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Coral Springs.
Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation when it comes to serious or fatal pedestrian accidents. One-sixth of the nation’s fatal pedestrian accidents occur in Florida, claiming more than 500 lives a year and injuring more than 7,000.
About one-third of those accidents occur in just four South Florida Counties: Orange, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.Tourist Injuries & Broward County Pedestrian Accidents
Common pedestrian accidents involving tourists include:
- Sidewalk and Parking Lot Accidents
- Boardwalk and Beach Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Theater Accidents
- Backover Accidents
- Accidents on Hotel or Resort Property
- Accidents at Parks and Nature Preserves
Unfortunately, tourists too often fail to protect their rights following an accident, either because they don’t want to deal with the hassle from out-of-state, or because the initial injuries do not seem serious enough. Yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 30 percent of fall victims suffer serious injuries, including hip fractures and head trauma.
Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury death. Each year, more than 2 million seniors visit emergency rooms for treatment of fall-related injuries and nearly 600,000 are hospitalized. Traumatic brain injury accounts for nearly half of all fatal fall injuries among older adults. In many cases, even when injuries are not life-threatening, our Fort Lauderdale lawyers have seen that a serious fall accident can lead to a fear of falling, lost mobility and a reduced quality of life.
Too often, the full extent of pedestrian accidents involving tourists are not readily apparent. This can be particularly true when dealing with joint injuries or head trauma. And frequently, a properly owner will quickly repair a negligent condition following an accident. Failure to document your injuries and seek immediate medical attention can limit your ability to collect damages should future medical complications lead to expensive medical bills, debilitating injury or disability.
At The Ansara Law Firm, our Fort Lauderdale lawyers understand the challenge of representing tourists, out-of-state residents and visitors. We are committed to keeping your apprised of your case. In many cases, you may never have to return to Florida in order to make a proper claim for damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. However, taking appropriate action in the aftermath of a serious pedestrian accident will help protect your rights should serious medical complications develop in the future. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights, call a pedestrian accident attorney at our Fort Lauderdale firm toll free (888) 267-2728 – 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.
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