Tampa Bay is a popular vacation areas. It attracts people from around the state with warm, calm waters and attractions such as Busch Gardens. Pedestrians rule the sidewalks in Tampa- people on foot almost always have the right away when crossing the street in a designated intersection. Cars are legally expected to be on alert for pedestrians and yield accordingly.
However, The National Complete Streets Coalition, released results from a study that identified Florida as the single most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. On the list of 140 metropolitan areas nationwide ranked for their danger to people on foot, Florida areas occupied nine out of the top 11 spots. The state was also found to have the second highest number of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people in the state.
Nearly 500 people are killed while walking Florida streets and another 7,000 are injured annually. If a negligent driver struck you or someone you know, causing serious or fatal injuries, contact the Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers of the Fiol Law Group. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning no attorney fees unless you win.
Examining Pedestrian Accidents in Tampa
Distracted and negligent drivers take the lives of thousands of people in the United States every year. Texting, talking, and using social media apps behind the wheel have led to an increase in vehicle-pedestrian collisions around the country. Despite efforts in Florida and most other states to decrease the use of cellphones while driving, many motorists still don’t pay full attention to the road. Cellphone use while driving always poses a safety threat, but in busy metropolitan areas such as Tampa Bay, the risk of striking a pedestrian is higher than on other roads.
Distracted drivers may ignore pedestrians in crosswalks, roll through stop signs, or fail to yield the right of way. The pedestrians most at risk of getting into accidents are children and the elderly – Florida’s most vulnerable groups. Children may dart out from in between vehicles, running into the road without warning. This is especially true in school zones. For this reason, motorists must adhere to speed limits near schools and in residential neighborhoods. They must pay strict attention to the road at all times, and be prepared to stop for passing children. Failure to pay attention in school zones can lead to at-fault child injuries and deaths.
Another significant risk factor for pedestrian accidents in Tampa Bay is an intoxicated driver. Every year pedestrians die in alcohol and drug-related accidents in the Bay area. High-risk areas for these kinds of crashes include downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and downtown St. Petersburg. Alcohol-impaired drivers are more likely to be involved in hit-and-run pedestrian accidents, where they flee the scene in fear, or fail to notice they even struck a pedestrian. Drinking or consuming drugs before driving can quickly turn into devastation. If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to contact Fiol Law Group and our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers in Tampa Bay.
Pedestrian accidents most often result in major catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, paralysis and other spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, or internal damage. If a pedestrian survives the traumatic accident, he or she will likely have temporary or permanent disability, have lost earning capacity, or suffered emotional/mental distress. Many pedestrians never fully recover from these accidents. Sometimes the only helpful recourse is a personal injury claim in Tampa Bay, which may end in compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost wages.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you believe you may have a claim for a pedestrian accident, the first step toward compensation is speaking with an experienced local Tampa lawyer. Fiol Law Group has served the citizens of Tampa Bay for years, securing thousands of dollars in compensation for victims of car, pedestrian and bike accidents. During a free consultation, we’ll listen to your case and tell you whether or not we believe you can receive compensation from an at-fault defendant. If we take your case, we will help you file a claim against the responsible party, navigate the complex Florida legal system, and do everything in our power to help you recover for damages. Call (813) 223-6773 today.