According to a recent article in The Tampa Bay Times, the number of pedestrian deaths is rising again. They noted that Florida had the second highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the country in 2010. Government officials and agencies are working to combat the problem and reduce those numbers, but the truth is that a large number of pedestrian accidents result in very severe injuries or fatalities.
Some common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Drivers failing to yield right of way. Pedestrians often have the right of way, especially in parking lots, sidewalks, and crosswalks. Accidents are caused when drivers ignore the pedestrian’s rights.
- Left hand turns. It’s interesting that right hand turns cause very few accidents, auto or pdestrian, but drivers making left hand turns often hit pedestrians because they don’t see them as well.
- Hit and Run accidents. Drivers often leave the scene of an accident when it involves a pedestrian.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a pedestrian by any motorized vehicle or bicycle, they should call our office immediately to speak to one of our attorneys.
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