Pedestrian Accidents

Since 1988, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has represented families who have lost loved ones to someone else's negligent actions. Our firm has a proven track record of success, winning millions of dollars in rightful compensation for our clients.

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Boca Raton

Finding Justice in Complex Injury Cases

Pedestrian accidents have been on an upward trend for the last 30 years, sending tens of thousands to the emergency room annually. Aside from the high cost of emergency medical treatment, accident victims may miss paychecks and sustain lasting disabilities. At-fault drivers can be held liable for these damages through an injury claim.

Our skilled attorneys are here to help injury victims secure compensation to defray the cost of a serious accident. Those who try to navigate the injury claims process on their own often end up with a lower settlement than they deserve. Let us help maximize your settlement. With over 30 years of serving accident victims, we have the skill and reputation that can make a difference in your case.

Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

Distracted or inattentive driving factors into many pedestrian accidents. Because pedestrians have a much smaller profile, they may be hidden by blind spots or other obstacles. A driver who does not take the time to fully look around may cause an accident by:

  • turning (left or right) into a pedestrian who is crossing the street;
  • backing out of a parking space into a pedestrian;
  • failing to leave enough room when passing a pedestrian along the road;
  • ignoring a school bus stop arm and warning lights;
  • driving through a stop sign or red light; or
  • failing to yield to a pedestrian who does not make it across a crosswalk quickly.

Pedestrians can share liability in accidents. Especially if you were using your phone or occupied with another activity while crossing the street, a driver may argue you should have been looking for hazards like oncoming traffic. Pedestrians do have the right-of-way once they are in the road, but they also are responsible for making sure it is safe to cross.

Auto defects can also cause pedestrian accidents. Brake failure or sudden acceleration are two problems that have been documented in some car models. Either malfunction can turn a situation that looks safe into a pedestrian hazard. If an auto defect played a role in your accident, it’s especially important to have a skilled firm with significant resources on your side.

Why Pedestrian Accidents Are So Dangerous

Unlike those who travel in cars, with airbags, seatbelts, and more, pedestrians do not have any protection in an accident. This means the threshold for injury is much lower for them than for other drivers. Pedestrians may suffer serious injuries like:

  • Complex/multiple fractures
  • Facial injury
  • Loss of limb/amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

On top of the vulnerability inherent to not being in a car, factors controlled by drivers can also affect the severity of a victim’s injury.


Speed limits not only protect drivers—they are also calibrated to protect pedestrians. A vehicle’s speed is one of the biggest factors in the outcome of an accident.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling around 25 mph, they have a 25% chance of severe injury and a 10% chance of death. By contrast, a car traveling around 30 mph brings a 50% chance of severe injury and a 25% chance of death. Over 30 mph, the risk increases quickly; severe injuries happen in 90% of accidents where the driver is traveling 45 mph and fatalities reach a likelihood of 90% at around 60 mph.

A driver who chooses to speed, even if he is “only” going 5 or 10 mph over the speed limit, increases the injury risk for any accident they may be involved in.

Larger Vehicles

As SUV sales have increased, so have pedestrian deaths. Experts have identified two reasons for this correlation. First, SUVs are heavier than sedans, meaning any collision with one involves more force. These vehicles are also taller; while sedans are likely to hit a pedestrian’s legs, SUVs may impact the torso or even the head. When the chest, spine, or head is damaged, victims are at a higher risk of severe injury or death.


A startling and heartbreaking study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found more than one hit-and-run happens every minute in the U.S. These accidents have been increasing over the past decade and disproportionately kill pedestrians and bicyclists.

Pedestrians and bicyclists make up a minority of road users but were the victims in 65% of the fatal hit-and-run accidents reviewed for the study. Additionally, these accidents cause around 20% of pedestrian deaths as opposed to 1% of driver deaths.

Though prosecuting drivers who flee the scene of the accident is difficult, it can be done. Witness testimony and security cameras often provide vital clues that help police or legal investigators track down the individuals who cause these collisions.

Our Lawyers Can Handle Serious Pedestrian Accidents

Successfully securing compensation after an accident can change the shape of an accident victim’s future. Our team is dedicated to helping the injured receive fair settlements—or, when insurers refuse to cooperate, successful verdicts. We have recovered hundreds of millions for clients, with each win changing a life for the better.

We want to help you understand your rights and options after an accident. We can also do our part to reduce the burden on your shoulders at this time. A full team of legal investigators, paralegals, and attorneys works on every case we take, allowing us to craft individual strategies and strong arguments to support a client’s needs. Let us take the lead on your pedestrian accident claim.

Call our Boca Raton office today at (866) 629-1061 to schedule your free consultation. Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has been serving injury victims since 1988.

A Legacy of Compassion & Excellence

Working With Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
  • Changing Lives by Changing The Law

    Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.

  • A Team of Legal Professionals

    Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.

  • There Are No Upfront Legal Fees

    We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.

  • We Understand the Medicine

    Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians. 


Millions Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Collapse $100,000,000
  • Personal Injury Miami-Dade College Parking Garage Collapse
  • Bal Harbour Residential Building Collapse Confidential Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Orthopedic Medical Malpractice

    A Punta Gorda, Florida woman in her forties visited an ear, nose, and throat specialist for a check-up due to fatigue. After performing a brief examination, the doctor at the facility recommended that she undergo parathyroid surgery, however he did not order the necessary radiological scan that determines which side of her neck should be operated on. Without that information available, the surgeon began on the wrong side of her neck and did not realize his error until they were well into the procedure.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Woman Who Lost Her Leg After Misdiagnosis

    A woman in her sixties was brought to a hospital after she slipped and fell, injuring her leg and causing severe pain. During her treatment, the hospital staff failed to notice that the impact had caused a blood clot behind her knee, which was restricting circulation to the rest of her leg. Over time, the untreated clot cut off blood flow to the point where her leg was beyond saving and needed amputation.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Family of Mother Who Died During Childbirth

    In 2015, a 23-year-old mother began experiencing severe complications while giving birth in Charlotte County, Florida. The hospital’s staff did not give her the attention she needed, and failed to realize that her complications required an emergency transfer to a Sarasota County Hospital, which had the needed staff and equipment to treat her. The mother and her unborn child eventually died in the hospital.

  • Medical Malpractice Seven-Figure Settlement for Misdiagnosis of a Blood Clot

    A 68-year-old man was complaining about pain in his left leg, which was swollen, red, and painful. He went to a local emergency room, and the family asked the doctor if it was a blood clot. The doctor assured the family that it was not a blood clot but was instead cellulitis from a sunburn. When the patient returned home the next day, he died of a pulmonary embolism due to the blood clot that was initially suspected by the family.

  • Medical Malpractice Over $1 Million Settlement for Medical Malpractice Victim

    A middle-aged man had a history of an aortic aneurysm. His plan was to fly to Stanford University, where a doctor was scheduled to repair the aneurysm. Rather than starting the transfer to Stanford the day he arrived, the hospital waited three days and then failed to get his insurance company to pay for the transfer. Tragically, while the patient was speaking with the insurance company on the phone about the transfer, the aneurysm ruptured, and he died.

  • Jury Verdict Against the University of Florida $23,500,000

    A $23.5 million medical malpractice jury verdict against the University of Florida on behalf of a woman who suffered a massive stroke when a medical procedure to ease her migraines went wrong.

  • Jury Verdict on Behalf of a Former Major League Baseball Star $898,000

    A medical malpractice jury verdict on behalf of a former Major League Baseball star against an ophthalmologist for negligence in the removal of a cataract and implantation of an artificial lens in our client’s left eye.

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