There are few accidents more devastating than pedestrian accidents, and if you have recently been injured in one, the Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer here at Merricks Law Group is here. Attorney Howard Merricks has helped countless individuals recover their rightful compensation for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight in your corner, too. Contact our firm to schedule your free initial consultation.
Why Hire a Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
When injured as a pedestrian in Hillsborough County, it is critical that you hire a Tampa personal injury lawyer who understands the rules and regulations of our local roads. Our objective is to recover the compensation you need to heal, and we will do everything in our power to reach that goal.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Florida
To understand exactly how prevalent pedestrian accidents are in the state of Florida, we’ve provided a brief summary of the 2020 report issued by The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The report states that in the year 2020, Florida saw over 8,000 pedestrian accidents, and, unfortunately, those 8,000+ accidents spawned over 6,000 pedestrian injuries. Most unfortunately, in those 8,000+ accidents, there were over 700 pedestrian fatalities. These numbers speak volumes, and if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you are not alone, and we are ready to attain justice on your behalf.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents happen for several reasons. At times, they are the result of pedestrians failing to obey the rules of the road and running out into the street at inappropriate times. However, in most cases, pedestrians are harmed as a result of driver negligence. When motorists fail to observe their surroundings, either due to texting while driving or otherwise, they may strike a pedestrian as a result. Additionally, when motorists otherwise fail to observe all other rules and regulations of the road and partake in negligent acts such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, and ignoring traffic lights and signs, the chances of striking a pedestrian drastically increase.
Recovering Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident
To recover compensation in a personal injury claim, you and your Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer will have to gather and present sufficient evidence to satisfy the burden of proof, and you must do so within the state’s statute of limitations, which is four years. Some of the most valuable forms of evidence include pictures or surveillance footage of the accident, witness testimony, medical documents, and a copy of the police report filed at the scene of the accident. As long as we can prove that you were hurt due to another party’s negligence, we should recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents often result in lifelong, irreversible damage. However, regardless of whether you’ve been permanently disabled or only temporarily injured, you should not have to deal with the astronomical costs of medical bills, lost wages, and more on your own. Contact Merricks Law Group so we can begin the claims process on your behalf today.