Redington Shores Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Roughly 40 percent of traffic fatalities in Tampa Bay counties are pedestrian deaths. This is a truly alarming number, as only nine percent of trips are taken by foot, nationally (and here in Florida that percentage is likely even lower). This statistic shows just how callous our transportation system is to those who choose to walk, or do not have the money to spend on a car. As technology has allowed drivers to go faster and drive more erratically, aggressively, and distracted, pedestrians are paying the bulk of the price. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian collision that was caused by a careless or reckless driver, the Redington Shores pedestrian accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff will gladly take on your case.
When and Where Most Pedestrian Crashes Occur
One pedestrian in the US dies every hour, twenty-four-seven, 365 days a year. It is an epidemic that is growing out of control. Hundreds of thousands more are seriously and permanently injured. The following statistics are for pedestrian fatalities, not pedestrian injuries, though injuries tend to share the same characteristics as fatalities:
- Most likely time for a pedestrian fatality to occur: Low light and night time hours.
- Most likely setting for fatality to occur: High capacity, urban streets.
- Most likely ethnicities of pedestrian victims: Black and Native American.
- Most dangerous vehicle type for pedestrians: SUVs and pickup trucks.
Proving Fault in a Pedestrian Injury Claim
Drivers just about always come up with some irrelevant excuse (such as, “I didn’t see them!”) or an outright lie (I had a green light) when it comes to pedestrian collisions. Quite often, the injured pedestrian does not even get a chance to tell their side of the story to the police, as the pedestrian is in the hospital and the driver—assuming they did not commit a hit and run—will still be at the scene. In order to prove fault, it may be necessary to track down witnesses, subpoena the driver’s phone records, locate dash camera and surveillance camera footage, and work with expert witnesses to prove how the collision happened. Chances are, the driver was speeding, distracted, or even drunk. An experienced attorney will do what it takes to prove fault and give their client the best chance at being victorious in the settlement process, or in a court hearing.
Call a Redington Shores Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Pedestrians are entitled to the same damages that a driver would be entitled to in a similar scenario: medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. In order to procure compensation, an injured pedestrian must work with an attorney to file a personal injury claim. Here at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff, we can help you file a claim, and win. Our Redington Shores pedestrian accident attorney know how to get the results our clients not only want, but need in order to get back on their feet. Call us today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.