Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their life. While it may be easier to walk from place to place in some cases, it’s not necessarily safe. More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed in accidents every year in the United States. More than 100,000 additional pedestrians are injured.
Children, the elderly, and those who are intoxicated face the highest risk of getting into a pedestrian accident. If you have been affected, contact a Tampa pedestrian accidents lawyer from Franco Law Firm today. We’ll assist you in getting the compensation and justice you deserve.
Causes of Pedestrian Crashes
A person can get injured by a car in numerous ways, including the following:
- Distracted driving. Being distracted is a major cause of automobile accidents. When a driver is not paying attention to the road, they are more likely to hit someone, such as a person in the road. Smartphones, navigation systems, and other electronic devices are the most common culprits.
- Speeding. Going too fast while driving can also be dangerous to pedestrians. When a person is in the road, the vehicle may not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident. Plus, the faster a person is going, the more serious the injuries.
- Left turns. Even when there are signals and crosswalks in place, pedestrians face a high risk of getting hit by a car that is turning left at an intersection. That’s because the driver is focused on other vehicles and not pedestrians.
- Unmarked crosswalks. When a crosswalk is not marked or designated, a driver may forget to look for pedestrians. This can cause them to collide with one unexpectedly.
- Impairment. A drunk pedestrian or driver is more likely to cause an accident due to a lack of judgment. They are more likely to cause an accident due to slowed reaction times and lessened ability to spot hazards.
As a pedestrian, you can improve your safety and reduce your risk of an accident by:
- Avoiding distractions. Don’t wear headphones or use your phone while walking. Use your eyes and ears to look for dangers.
- Increasing visibility. Make yourself seen by wearing bright, reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight, especially at night.
- Crossing at designated crosswalks. It’s safer to cross at marked crosswalks where drivers can easily see you. Also, never jaywalk.
- Using sidewalks. If sidewalks are available, use them instead of walking in the road, where it’s easier for you to get hit by a car.
Contact Franco Law Firm Today
Getting hit by a car can be a serious situation. Pedestrians have nothing to protect them in the event of an accident, so the injuries can be life-threatening.
Seek legal help from Franco Law Firm. We’ll help you get your life back on track after a serious pedestrian accident. Contact a Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation. Fill out the online form or call (813) 872-0929.