What you should do
Consult & Hire a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The most common pedestrian accidents are accidents in which the victim was not operating a motor vehicle of any kind. The victim of a pedestrian accident may simply be someone crossing the street. Pedestrian accidents have been experiencing a regular and steady incline, and a greater risk to the general public.
The CDC, Center for Disease Control, released a 2010 report that stated that nearly 4300 pedestrians died in Pedestrian Accidents with an additional 70,000 related injuries. In the same year, the CDC also reported that a pedestrian death occurred approximately every 2 hours as a result of a pedestrian accident which was documented as occurring every 8 minutes. The NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Association recently reported very similar statistics totaling 5000 pedestrian deaths and 78,000 associated injuries. Young and small children between 5 and 9 years of age and senior citizens are seemingly at the highest risk of being the victims of pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian accidents are not limited to only drivers of motor vehicles striking pedestrians—pedestrian accidents can also be the result of poorly maintained properties.
As previously mentioned; the most common and perhaps leading cause of pedestrian accidents are negligent drivers. However, there are a variety of different causes that can contribute to and result in pedestrian accidents. Some of these contributing factors include the following:
- Property defects
- Sidewalk construction
- Closed sidewalks (due to construction) which forces pedestrians into the street
- Poorly maintained sidewalks
- Short stoplights
- Malfunctioning property equipment
- Lack of proper safety precautions practiced on properties and premises
Should you become a victim of a pedestrian accident and suffer associated injuries, hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer with the correct credentials and expertise in pedestrian accidents will be of the utmost importance. Your attorney will also have the knowledge of how to use the Florida laws & guidelines to your advantage and strengthen the validity of your case or claim. Your pedestrian accident lawyer will also know the different types of property discrepancies to search for and gather evidence, as well as the “tell-tale” signs of negligent drivers. In some cases your lawyer will even be able to identify negligence at the fault of the city or municipality where the accident occurred—maybe the city did not have a marked crosswalk, or perhaps the “Walk/Don’t Walk” indicator was not functioning.
Nonetheless, you do not want to forfeit your right and opportunity to recover the damages and compensation that you are legally entitled to receive as a victim of a pedestrian accident. Do not be afraid to fight 100%, you are not the guilty party— you have done nothing wrong, and you deserve compensation.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa personal injury lawyer that specializes in pedestrian accidents, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call at (727) 231-5420 or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.