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Car accidents in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere in South Florida are all too often caused by road hazards. Potholes, road debris, construction areas, dangerous intersections, obstructed views, overgrown vegetation and poor or antiquated design are all common examples of hazardous conditions on the road, which may cause or contribute to a traffic collision.
Veteran Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney David I. Fuchs understands there are frequently multiple causes or contributing factors in determining fault in the wake of a serious or fatal accident. A thorough investigation must identify and assign fault to negligent parties comprehensively, in order to best protect the rights of accident victims and provide comprehensive means of recovery.
At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, we are committed to each and every client we accept the responsibility of representing. By choosing a law firm built on individual relationships, we believe you can best assure your case will be approached with similar diligence.
The Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade area is the nation’s eight-largest metro area and is home to more than 5.6 million residents. Millions of winter residents, tourists and visitors descend each winter and federal, local and private infrastructure projects continue to struggle to keep up with the pace of expansion.
Sovereign immunity laws in Florida often protect government entities from a lawsuit and generally limit recovery to a maximum of $200,000. However, in other cases, a homeowners association, construction contractor or other entity may share the blame. Pursuing a third-party liability lawsuit may be one option to recover damages.
In any case, the facts and circumstances should be well documented following an accident of any significance. Taking photographs, making diagrams and gathering the names and contact information of any witnesses will help ensure such information is available should a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit be filed.
Sharing this information with your Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney is equally critical. Regardless of whether it becomes an issue in your plaintiff’s suit, it may be an issue raised in defense by the insurance company or at fault party.
Few places in America are bicyclists and pedestrians more at risk than in the greater Fort Lauderdale metro area. Transportation for America ranks the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area the nation’s 4th deadliest metro area when it comes to pedestrian accidents. Florida also frequently leads the nation in the number of cyclists killed.
In fact, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles continues to report an increase in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. In 2011, the agency reported 120 riders were killed – up 58 percent from the previous year. About 500 pedestrians were killed that year in Florida.
Bicyclist and pedestrian accidents are caused by an alarming array of road hazards, from dooring to sidewalk sales, outdoor cafes and street festivals. Inoperative or missing streets signs or signals may also lead to a serious or fatal collision. Poorly placed bus stops or crosswalks may also be a contributing factor.
At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, we build cases for the courtroom. By conducting a thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident, we will be in the best position to identify all of the parties responsible. By committing to a comprehensive approach on behalf of each client, we are best able to negotiate from strength and force a fair and equitable settlement on your behalf.