TAMPA (FL) PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INJURY ATTORNEY
Every month thousands of accidents involving pedestrian struck by motor vehicles are reported and this that occur every month. Sadly, incidents of this kind which often lead to significant injury, or even death, have become all too common. If you or a loved one are struck by a motor vehicle, particularly in a crosswalk or intersection, whether governed by traffic control devices or not, there is a very high chance a legal claim could be brought against the driver and owner of the motor vehicle and compensation could be available to victims of these unfortunate occurrences. Statutes governing traffic and traffic safety consistently mandate that a pedestrian has the legal right of way when crossing in a crosswalk. In Florida, pedestrians and drivers have equal rights and duties to respect each other on the road; however, not all pedestrian accidents are the drivers fault.
Florida Statute 316.003(28) defines a pedestrian and anyone who is on foot. But merely because someone is traveling on foot does not make them immune to following the law and exercising reasonable care and seeing to their own safety and to the safety of others. If a pedestrian is careless, and violates the law, they can be found liable for a noncriminal traffic violation or civil traffic infraction, just the same as a careless driver. This often occurs when pedestrians fail to pay proper attention to a traffic situation, jaywalk and expect a driver will always spot them and stop for them, etc. Contact an experienced Tampa pedestrian accident attorney today!
WHAT TO DO IF INVOLVED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN FLORIDA?
If you or a loved one are injured in an accident, whether involving pedestrians or not, you should call the police and take pictures of the scene and the vehicle or vehicle involved. In addition, get the driver’s information and their insurance company; do not admit fault. You should admit yourself into the emergency room if the accident is severe, or even if you suspect that you or a loved one have been injured.
Call our office to speak to personal injury attorney Chris DeBari