Tampa Pedestrian Accident
Florida’s tropical climate and clear skies draw many of us outdoors. Walking or biking, it’s a great place to be outside. Yet with high traffic, heavy road construction, and influx of visitors, pedestrians can easily be hit when walking near cars.
If you were badly hurt by a car while crossing the street or walking down the sidewalk in Tampa, you should speak with our Fort Myers automobile accident attorneys as quickly as possible. Our personal injury lawyers handle and litigate cases throughout Florida including the metropolitan Tampa Bay area. When pedestrians are hit by cars, they can suffer from extensive injuries. It's critical that you get the medical help you need, but you should also consider your legal rights to compensation when you've been hurt.
At the Wolfson Law Firm, we help pedestrians who were seriously injured in a car crash to recover the damages they need to pay their bills and replace lost wages. You can find out what legal options may be available to you by contacting us for a confidential analysis of your case at no cost to you. Call us today at (239) 777-9954.Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
It doesn’t make sense. Crosswalks are clearly marked. Many intersections let pedestrians know when it’s safe to cross. Most streets have sidewalks for people to walk on. And yet, the Tampa Bay metro area was listed as one of the least safe places for pedestrians across the nation in 2019.
During that year, the Florida Highway Patrol reported 640 pedestrian accidents in Hillsborough County. Of this number, there were 57 fatalities. Roughly 9% of pedestrian accidents resulted in death. For the same period, Hillsborough County had 28,489 total automobile crashes resulting in 169 fatalities. That’s less than .5%.
Comparatively, pedestrian accidents have a higher fatality rate of 9% compared to .5% of those involving an automobile. Without the protection of a car, a person’s body takes the brunt of the accident’s impact. They could be seriously hurt or worse.
Some of the most reasons pedestrian accidents happen include;
- • Not obeying the rules of the road – Drivers who speed, fail to stop, or don't check for pedestrians in the crosswalk can cause an accident. If the driver was traveling fast and unable to stop in time, they can cause irreparable harm to a pedestrian.
- • Not paying attention while driving – When a driver is talking on the phone, sending a text, or chatting with the passengers, they lose their focus on the road and can easily hit a pedestrian in their path.
- • Bad weather – When it is raining hard or visibility is low; a car may hit a passenger if they can't stop in time.
Luckily, car accidents don’t happen all of the time. But other than go to the doctor, many of us have no idea what we should do if hit by a car. That is where a Florida personal injury lawyer from the Wolfson Law Firm can help.
We are well-versed in the laws the address personal injury. Our Tampa Bay automobile accident attorneys work with people hurt in car crashes regularly. They know how to build a case, what paperwork should be filed, what the deadlines are, and how to defend your rights.
When you've been involved in an accident, it's critical to get legal help, especially if your injuries are serious. Failing to do so may cost you. A Tampa personal injury attorney can help determine how much money you may be entitled to for damages. Without this specialized knowledge, you may not receive what you should if you try to settle on your own.
You can contact the Wolfson Law Firm today for your free and confidential case review. We can explain what options may be available and answer the questions you have. If you have a valid claim, we can handle this on your behalf. You won't pay a fee for our service unless we settle your case. Call us today at (239) 777-9954.