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Liability for Sidewalk Pedestrian Collisions

Pedestrian crashes are among the devastating types of accidents and often cause catastrophic injuries or death to unsuspecting victims because they don’t have the same protection as people inside motor vehicles. According to preliminary data from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there have been 8,124 pedestrian crashes in Florida from January to November 2023. These pedestrian crashes have resulted in 6,427 injuries and 594 fatalities.

Intersections, crosswalks, and sidewalks are designed to help ensure the safety of pedestrians, and those using them instead of the street usually feel safe when doing so. However, even the most cautious pedestrians who follow the safety rules and use the sidewalk can get injured in a pedestrian accident because of other people’s negligence.

Why Sidewalk Pedestrian Collisions Happen

Sidewalk pedestrian accidents can occur in two ways. The first happens when a driver loses control of their vehicle and crashes into a pedestrian on the sidewalk. Pedestrians can also get injured when they slip, fall, or trip on a sidewalk, sometimes falling off the sidewalk and into oncoming traffic. Such accidents are usually caused by:

Due to the many factors that can come into play in sidewalk pedestrian accidents, many parties can also be potentially liable for the injuries and related losses of an injured pedestrian. These parties can include a negligent driver, a private company, a local government, a property owner, or even another pedestrian.

If you have suffered injuries in a sidewalk pedestrian accident, reach out to the Tampa pedestrian accident attorney at Mickey Keenan, PA, right away. We can investigate your case and determine whom you can hold liable for your injuries and seek maximum compensation from. Arrange your case review with our Tampa pedestrian accident attorney by calling 813-871-1300 or reaching us online.