Another report has confirmed not only that pedestrian deaths on the roads are increasing to disturbingly high levels but also that distracted driving is largely to blame for this trend.
Victims of pedestrian accidents are legally protected from the harm suffered in a pedestrian accident. In a nearby Florida community northwest of the Tampa area, a pedestrian accident recently left two pedestrian victims seriously injured. Authorities responded to the pedestrian accidents and the two victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment of head injuries. The roadway where the pedestrian accident took place had to be closed in one direction.
A recent annual report stated that the number of pedestrian fatalities around the county hovered just under 6,000. With 5,984 deaths reported, the number of deaths stayed static over the last year after showing marked increases in both 2016 and 2015.
Although expected to survive the accident, a boy who was running in a neighborhood in the Tampa area suffered broken bones and had to be taken to the hospital after getting hit by a car traveling through the area.
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Florida and across the country, according to recent statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Florida car accidents, including pedestrian accidents are not always easy affairs to sort out. In many, if not most cases, there is always something each person involved could have done better and, thus, prevented the accident from happening.
Although it is always a good idea for pedestrians in Hillsborough, Florida, to use crosswalks when crossing the street whenever they are available, sometimes people are in a hurry to get from point A to point B, and decide to cross a street along the fastest route. At other times, a pedestrian might not notice a nearby crosswalk or may just forget to use it.
Floridians are fortunate that even in winter, mild temperatures make so that they can walk places. They may walk to shops, to school or to work. However, walking on Florida's streets is not always safe. Between the first part of 2015 and the first part of 2016, the number of deadly pedestrian accidents increased in Florida from 277 to 301, which marks an increase of 8.7 percent.
A Tampa woman was fatally injured following a hit and run accident on a major street in the area. Police are currently looking for the driver and are asking the public for any leads. The police are also looking for video of the area around the time of the accident in the hope that they will identify the driver who hit the woman and then left the scene of the accident.
As many Tampa area residents can probably guess, accidents involving pedestrians who are walking alongside the road or are trying to cross the street can get hurt seriously if a driver carelessly hits the pedestrian with a car.