Tampa Pedestrian Accidents
Walking is great exercise, saves your car, and for some people, is their only means of transportation. Unfortunately, walking can be very dangerous. As we discussed previously, 5,376 (632 in Florida) pedestrian deaths and 70,000 (8,000 in Florida) pedestrian injuries occurred in 2015. Florida is the second highest state for pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian/vehicle accidents are generally divided into three types.
- Parking Lot or Back-Over: These generally occur where cars are backing out of parking spaces and hit a pedestrian.
- Crosswalk: These occur when a pedestrian is legally within a crosswalk, and a vehicle fails to give right of way.
- Loss of Control: A driver loses control of their vehicle and hits a pedestrian.
Pedestrian/vehicle accidents occur when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle (including bicycles). Both parties have a duty to act as reasonable people. Negligence occurs when one or both parties fail to act as a reasonable person.
To be negligent, you must show the vehicle operator was:
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, etc.)
- Failing to signal while turning or to yield the right of way
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals, including speeding
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Pedestrian negligence commonly includes:
- Ignoring “walk” signals at intersections
- Causing a disruption by entering traffic, including darting in front of a vehicle
- Not using marked crosswalks
Dividing Fault in Pedestrian Accidents
Under Florida law, fault can be divided between the parties. To prove fault, you need a good personal injury attorney at your side. Fault is not always clear. If you were the pedestrian, remember that the operator’s insurance company will have a lawyer. You should have your own lawyer to help you. You don’t need the frustration of insurance paperwork and legal and medical systems. Brian Hoag is an expert in dealing with insurance companies and the legal system. He can help you from insurance claims to criminal trials. Your initial consolation is always free.
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