Pedestrian Accidents

What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Accident Prevention

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When you’re in a pedestrian accident because of someone else’s irresponsibility or negligence, it can cause many emotions to bubble up. Fear, frustration, and even outright anger are not uncommon. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to control other people’s behavior on the road. After all, reckless and dangerous drivers have been around since the invention of the automobile. However, there are many things you can do to avoid vehicle pedestrian accidents. Here are just a few of them: Use crosswalks and designated intersections whenever possible. In some municipalities, walking outside these areas is actually illegal, and is known as “jaywalking.” Make sure you’re seen. You can increase your visibility to drivers by wearing bright or reflective clothing, or by carrying a flashlight when walking at night. Avoid traveling by foot after dark. Speaking of walking at night, try to avoid it if you can. The same goes for walking in bad weather, which tends to increase roadway accidents of all kinds. Use the sidewalk. It goes without saying that pedestrians should use the sidewalk, but if one isn’t available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic. Look both ways. Mother’s advice still holds true: always look both ways before crossing the street, and don’t try to dash between cars if there’s not enough time. Travel with friends. Walking in groups provides much greater visibility than walking alone. Be alert. Don’t be distracted from walking safely by talking or texting on your cell phone, or listening to music, which drowns out the sound of passing cars and horns. Don’t drink and walk. Just as you shouldn’t be drinking and driving, don’t walk home from a party or bar intoxicated. For one thing, public drunkenness is often a crime by itself. But more importantly, it leaves you extremely vulnerable to a pedestrian accident. Watch out for more than passing cars. Vehicles that are backing out of their driveways, parking lots, and alleys can hit a person just as easily as a car or truck speeding down the road. Get an experienced Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer For more tips on auto pedestrian accident prevention — or for a free case evaluation if you’ve been in an accident — call the firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our staff is available 24 hours a day at 1-855-293-5630 to assist you.

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When Is a Pedestrian at Fault In a Tampa Pedestrian Accident?

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The facts on pedestrian accidents are pretty shocking. According to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 70,000 pedestrians were injured in such accidents in 2008, and over 4,000 died in them. Many people are under the impression that pedestrians always have the right of way. However, that is often not the case. Let’s take a look at some scenarios where pedestrian accident fault comes into play. Pedestrian responsibility in auto accidents The law typically holds that both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for exercising caution when traversing the nation’s roads. If either party fails to do so, they can be held liable if something they do (or neglect to do) results in an accident. Examples of pedestrian negligence include: Not obeying traffic signals when crossing the street Attempting to cross major highways that do not have traffic signals Jaywalking (going outside a crosswalk while attempting to cross the street) Walking in places where pedestrians are prohibited (except during emergencies), such as major highways What happens if both parties are at fault? Sometimes, car accidents are a clear-cut case of fault: either the pedestrian or the driver is to blame. But often, things are more complicated, and both parties may share the blame for an accident. Each state has different laws that determine fault, as well as the effect this has on what compensation (if any) the parties may be entitled to. It is best to contact an attorney to get more information. Talk to a Tampa pedestrian accident attorney today! Do you or someone you know have further questions for our jaywalking injury attorneys? The staff of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, and can be reached at 1-855-293-5630. Call us today for a free evaluation of your case.

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3 Back to School Safety Tips for Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents around Tampa

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With the summer all but over, it’s time for children to head back to school. This means that there will be more young pedestrians on our roads walking and biking to and from school. In our area, Tampa drivers can do their part in ensuring that our communities are safe for kids on the go by being extra vigilant for pedestrian safety during this time. Be mindful of school zones School zones are well marked and deserve extra care when you are commuting during certain times of the day. Be sure to drive below the posted speed limit and plan ahead to give yourself a little extra time if you know that you’ll be driving through these areas when school is starting or getting out. Stay vigilant for young pedestrians, especially in residential areas Remember, younger children can be harder to see due to their height, and they are often moving quickly when they are at play. Many young pedestrians also are not familiar with the rules of the road and may not be mindful of traffic. Be prepared to stop with very little notice if necessary. Take the time to educate your own children about pedestrian safety If you have children of your own, sit down with them and have an open conversation about the importance of pedestrian safety. Some important safety topics to consider include: Following proper street-crossing etiquette. Obeying all traffic signs and personnel. Avoiding common distractions like smartphones and other devices. Never darting into the street, especially from bushes or parked cars. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Today to Put Our Experienced Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyers to Work for You! If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident in our area, our Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to help. Call the injury law team of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-855-293-5630 to get started today.

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Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics: So, Just How Dangerous is Our State for Pedestrians and Cyclists?

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When it comes to traveling safely on foot or by bicycle, it can be all too easy to forget how quickly someone else’s mistake can put us at risk for being seriously injured or even killed in an accident. Here in our state, some alarming new Florida pedestrian accident statistics have revealed just how dangerous our roads can be for pedestrians and cyclists. The Most Dangerous State in the Nation? According to a recent study by Smart Growth America, nearly 5,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents in Florida between 2003 and 2012. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 17.7% of all traffic-related fatalities that occurred in our state over this period. That is a particularly high number of deaths compared to rates of pedestrian fatalities in other parts of the country. The study found that Florida comes in first as the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to the Pedestrian Danger Index. The Pedestrian Danger Index is calculated by examining the number of local commuters who walk to work compared with the number of pedestrian fatalities that occurred in the last five years. Florida’s Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians In addition to coming in first as a state, the top four most dangerous cities for pedestrians are all located in Florida, according to the study. These cities include: Orlando, FL Tampa, FL Jacksonville, FL Miami, FL Common Factors in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Florida The study found that 63.3% of the fatal pedestrian accidents in Florida occurred on arterial roads. According to Smart Growth America, these roads are often designed and maintained with a focus on maximizing speed for traffic rather than on protecting pedestrians and cyclists. Other findings of the study include: Nearly 75% of all fatal pedestrian accidents in Florida occurred on roads with a speed limit of 40 MPH or higher. Florida ranks 5th for the pedestrian fatality rate for pedestrians aged 65+. Between 2003 and 2010, 233 children under 16 and 960 adults aged 65+ were victims of fatal pedestrian accidents. Have you been injured in an accident in the Tampa Bay area? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-855-293-5630. If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident in our area, you may need the help of a Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers who will stand up for your rights. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today and get started by speaking with a member of our injury law team for a free evaluation of your case.

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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Clearwater

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 69,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents in 2011, including 11,000 children. Most of these injuries were caused the same things that play a role in pedestrian accidents in Clearwater time and time again. By understanding how these accidents take place, we can take steps to improve our own behavior and improve pedestrian safety in our area. Speeding The National Safety Council has found that some 85% of all pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas. Respecting the speed limit in these areas plays a key role in pedestrian safety. This is particularly important in areas where children may be walking and playing. Distracted Driving With more people than ever using mobile devices, distracted driving has become responsible for a growing number of pedestrian accidents. Although texting while driving is now banned here in Clearwater, many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. Other common distractions like answering phone calls and operating music devices can take a driver’s attention away from the road long enough for an accident to take place. Left-hand turns Many pedestrian accidents take place at intersections as a driver attempts to make a left-hand turns without checking for pedestrians. Drivers are typically focused on waiting for an opening in oncoming traffic in these cases, while pedestrians are looking straight ahead while crossing the street assuming that vehicles will heed their right of way. Driving Under the Influence Substance abuse is responsible for all too many pedestrian injuries and fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 37 percent of pedestrians who lost their lives in an accident had a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent in 2011. Drunk drivers were responsible for 13% of all fatal pedestrian accidents in that year. Ignoring Pedestrian Warnings Signs When drivers fail to heed warning signs indicating crosswalks and school zones, accidents involving serious pedestrian injuries can occur. Poorly marked crosswalks also play a role in some pedestrian accidents. Do you need help from a Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-855-293-5630. When a pedestrian is hit by a moving vehicle, the injuries can be severe and even life threatening. A Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help if you or a loved one has been hit by a driver in our area. Call our injury law team today at 1-855-293-5630 to find out how we may be able to help.

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Recent Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Tampa and Nationwide

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Recent pedestrian accidents statistics reveal that pedestrian safety continues to be a problem in Tampa and throughout the country. Florida is one of the four leading states for pedestrian accidents along with California, Texas and New York. These four states account for 41 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents that take place in our country. Here in Florida, 7,894 pedestrian accidents took place in 2010, represent a decline of 4.29% from 2009. These accidents resulted in 7,290 pedestrian injuries and 499 pedestrian fatalities. The pedestrian fatality rate in Florida has declined in recent years from 3.11 per 100,000 residents in 2001 to 2.65 in 2010. Pedestrian injuries have declined somewhat as well from 7,894 in 2001 to 7,290 in 2010. Nationwide, pedestrian accident statistics are improving as well. 4,280 pedestrian fatalities took place in the United States in 2010, compared to 5,585 in 1995. That’s a drop of 23 percent. Similarly, pedestrian injuries dropped from about 84,000 in 1995 to 70,000 in 2010, a decline of 17 percent. Someone is injured in a pedestrian accident on an average once every 8 minutes while a pedestrian is killed once every 2 hours. According to the Centers for Disease Control, pedestrian are 1.5 times more likely to lose their life while traveling from point A to point B than vehicle occupants. Children continue to be at particularly high risk for being seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. 20% of the pedestrian fatalities that occurred in 2010 were of children aged 5 to 9. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, pedestrian injuries and fatalities involving children under 15 costs the economy $5.2 per year. Most pedestrian accidents take place in urban areas, at non-intersections and at night. The groups at highest risk for pedestrian injuries and fatalities are children, the elderly and pedestrians who are under the influence of alcohol. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to put our Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers to work for you! If you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk may be able to fight for compensation for your injuries. Call our Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers now at 1-855-293-5630 to get started.

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What are Your Rights as the Victim of a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?

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Pedestrian accidents occur all too often in Florida, sometimes resulting in severe injury or death to the victims. Being aware of rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian can help individuals avoid accidents and protect their rights. Rules of the Road Florida has laws that address the responsibilities of pedestrians and motorists. Both groups are expected to exercise due care when they are on or near roadways. They must also obey all traffic devices, such as crosswalk signals. Comparative Fault Florida has comparative fault laws. This means that, if an accident occurs, the fault of each party is weighed if one party is not completely at fault. For example, if a pedestrian is injured in an accident caused by his own negligence that could have been prevented if a driver had exhibited more care, both parties may be found at fault to some degree. Pedestrian Risk Today, pedestrians may be at risk for various reasons. One growing concern is distracted driving. Other drivers may drive in an unsafe manner by not looking for pedestrians. Effect of Police Investigations Police do not directly control whether a pedestrian or his or her family can pursue a civil suit. Even if there was no investigation or an unfavorable investigation, this information does not preclude a civil claim. Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, a Florida pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to help. An experienced attorney can discuss the facts of the case, Florida law and whether a victim may eligible for compensation for his or her injuries Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-855-293-5630 for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your case with an experienced lawyer.

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Kids and Young Adults Distracted by Devices Increasingly at Risk for Pedestrian Accidents

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Global organization Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization working to reduce injuries suffered by children, has released some revealing results from a recent study. According to the organization, a 2012 report revealed pedestrian injuries involving 16 to 19 year olds have increased by 25 percent during the last five years. Furthermore, teenagers within this age group account for half of all pedestrian deaths involving individuals under the age of 19. What does the Safe Kids Worldwide study reveal? According to the study’s findings, young individuals walking to school are in danger of injury or death due to distraction. Children, who use ear buds, constantly look down at a mobile device or text while walking are at an increased risk of death or injury while walking to and from school or to and from other destinations. The president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide has the following to say about the findings: “Distraction is a big problem, both while driving and walking. Parents need to talk to kids to ensure they are paying full attention when crossing the street. We adults need to follow our own advice and put our devices down as well. This will make kids more likely to do the same.” Other facts revealed in the Safe Kids Worldwide study: The pedestrian death rate is 1.8 times higher for boys than for girls. However, girls are more likely to be distracted while walking Teens who are distracted are usually texting or wearing headphones. One in eight middle school students and one in five high school age students were observed crossing a street while distracted. Older teens account for half of all pedestrian deaths among individuals 19 years of age and younger. Around 78 percent of teens assume the most at-risk age group regarding pedestrian deaths or injuries is a group other than their own. You Don’t Have to Go Through it Alone: a Personal Injury Attorney can Help If you or someone you love has become the victim of someone else’s negligence, call Tampa pedestrian accident lawyers Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-855-293-5630 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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Some Believe Drivers Who Cause Pedestrian Accidents Should Face Stiffer Penalties

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According to a Federal Highway Administration 2005 report, 107.4 million Americans consider walking to be a substantial part of how they travel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that from 1997 to 2006 there were 49,128 pedestrian fatalities, accounting for 12 percent of all traffic-related deaths. Estimates show that the pedestrian was in a crosswalk for one-third of these deaths. Burden of Proof An article in the Bay Citizen highlights the lack of prosecution in the San Francisco bay area for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians. In the Bay Citizen’s article by Zusha Elinson, prosecutors point to the difficulty to meet the burden of proof as a factor. How Unprotected are Pedestrians? A person out for a walk is on the losing end of the scale when struck by a one and a half ton moving vehicle. Factors cited in most police reports include not seeing the pedestrian, speed, and impaired or distracted driving. To establish more responsibility for vehicular collisions involving unprotected pedestrians, some states are working to enact laws to protect the unprotected. These states, such as Oregon, are passing vulnerable user ordinances to protect pedestrians. These laws put in place additional penalties for reckless drivers that include community service, driving school, fines, and/or license suspension. Working for Walkers Several groups have been working to change the American mindset from considering pedestrian-related vehicular collisions a minor offense. In the 1980’s, Mothers Against Drunk Driving brought the issue to national attention, while organizations such as California WALKS continues to promote pedestrian safety and walkable communities today. By seeking stiffer penalties for drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and creating safe walking conditions, the goal is to make sure these “accidents” are no longer considered a minor offense. Have you been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in our area? Our experienced Tampa injury attorneys may be able to help. The unfortunate fact is that pedestrian injuries caused by automobiles often goes without penalty. Family members or the victim themselves may need assistance in seeking compensation for injuries or death. If you’ve been seriously hurt due to the negligence of an irresponsible driver in our area, it may be helpful to seek out the advice of a Tampa personal injury lawyer. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-855-293-5630 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents in Florida

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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. Falling Debris 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. Automotive Accidents 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. Involved in a Pedestrian Accident? Put Our Injury Law Team’s 100+ Years of Experience to Work for You! 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 1-855-293-5630 for a free initial consultation.

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