Every year, many people are seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. Even more tragically, many of these accidents are completely preventable and are the cause of the negligence of other people, businesses or governmental entities.
By recognizing the common types of pedestrian accidents in Florida, these parties may be able to take steps to prevent more of these senseless accidents from occurring.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many possible causes of pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common causes include slips and falls, falling debris and motor vehicles.
Slips and Falls
Many slip and fall accidents occur when pedestrians fall due to potholes, uneven sidewalks and other hazardous conditions that are permitted on walkways. Other individuals may sustain injuries when they fall due to cracks or broken steps.
When a property owner does not provide adequate lighting or maintenance for public areas, pedestrians may be seriously injured in a slip and fall accident.
Pedestrians may also sustain injuries when they are struck by falling debris in construction areas and other commercial zones. If there are no warning signs, pedestrians may not be aware of danger ahead.
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur when a car, truck, bus or motorcycle strikes a pedestrian.
Automotive accidents may be the result of negligent or reckless behavior, including speeding, driving while impaired, ignoring traffic signals, inattention and distracted driving. Pedestrians are particularly susceptible to injuries at intersections where drivers may fail to yield or stop when pedestrians are legally in a crosswalk.
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All of these types of accidents may be due to the negligent actions of others. An injured victim may be able to receive assistance from a personal injury attorney who can help explain whether the victim has a viable claim against a negligent party.
A personal injury attorney may be able to help gather evidence to help prove the victim’s claim, such as his or her medical records, witness statements, police reports and other documents and evidence that help substantiate the victim’s case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, a Tampa personal injury attorney may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation.