As previous posts on this blog have discussed, the distracted driving epidemic has hit pedestrians particularly hard. Thousands of pedestrians die, and many more are injured, across the country each year, often thanks to drivers who are simply not paying attention to the road or intersection in front of them.
Tampa, Florida, pedestrians who are involved in accidents, like their counterparts across the state, are especially vulnerable to distracted drivers simply because they have nothing to protect them from the impact of a large, heavy motor vehicle.
As such, an accident that might have been a minor fender bender had it involved another vehicle can leave a pedestrian with broken bones that are difficult to repair, significant injuries to their internal organs and even paralysis due to a spinal cord injury or the serious, life-altering complications of a traumatic brain injury.
It almost goes without saying that these types of injuries mean that a pedestrian will have to shell out thousands if not millions of dollars in medical and other expenses and will also likely have to be out of work for weeks or even months, assuming of course that they are able to return to work at all.
Drivers with whom pedestrians share the road can often prevent these sorts of accidents simply by exercising a little caution and being certain to follow the traffic rules. Unfortunately, a driver distracted by his phone is also more likely to blow a stop light or stop sign, fail to yield or even just travel too fast for the conditions and cause a pedestrian accident.
When this happens, a victim is entitled to compensation for her expenses, and our law office is available to help the victim get the full extent of the compensation she deserves with respect to medical bills and lost wages as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering.