If you have been made a victim of a pedestrian accident, you may have no choice but to seek legal action. This is because you may be suffering from long-term physical, emotional, and financial burdens that need healing. Read on to discover what proof you need of your injuries and damages and how a seasoned Pasco County, Florida pedestrian accident lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. can help you with your claim.
What are the statistics on pedestrian accidents?
Every year, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle collects data and reports on auto accidents that occur within the state. And so far, in 2023, there have been over 2,700 pedestrian accidents. Within this, more than 2,200 individuals have been injured and close to 200 individuals have died. And in 2022, these numbers were approximately 10,000; 7,770; and 760 for total accidents, injuries, and deaths, respectively.
Just in Pasco County alone, there have been 43 pedestrian accidents reported, which came with 36 injuries and six deaths. For 2022, these totals were 200, 161, and 29 for total accidents, injuries, and deaths, respectively.
And unfortunately, the Tampa Bay area has ranked number 7 in the highest number of pedestrian accidents within Florida’s metro areas.
Who is to blame for my pedestrian accident?
Though you may believe that your pedestrian accident was due to no fault of your own, that is not enough for your claim. Meaning, you must correctly identify the at-fault and negligent party. There are many different possibilities for who is to blame. Examples include the following:
- Motor vehicle drivers that disobey the rules and regulations of the road.
- Construction workers that violate the codes of construction zones.
- Faulty motor vehicle traffic lights or pedestrian traffic lights.
- Malfunctioning motor vehicles.
- Hazardous conditions on the road.
- Poor inclement weather conditions.
What evidence do I need of my injury?
As the plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you will carry the burden of proof. Meaning, you must provide the court with a sufficient amount of evidence that directly connects your injuries and damages to the negligence of the defendant in your pedestrian accident. Examples of relevant pieces of proof include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A copy of the police report taken at the scene of your accident.
- Photos and videos of your injuries, damages, and the overall scene of your accident.
- Security camera footage that shows the events of your accident.
- Witness testimonies that overview the events of your accident.
- Doctor’s notes that overview the seriousness of your injuries and damages.
- Medical bills that overview the cost of your injuries and damages.
With all that being said, we recommend that you consult with a competent Pasco County, Florida auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Schedule your free initial consultation with us today.