An 88-year-old woman died after being struck by a Sport Utility Vehicle in Palm Harbor last Thursday morning. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the pedestrian was headed south on Sumner Lane when an 80-year-old driver of an SUV tried to turn left onto the road and collided with her.
The Florida Highway (FHP) stated the pedestrian was taken to a local hospital, where she later died of her injuries. Charges are pending additional investigation.
Florida has the highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2010, pedestrians ages 65 and up made up the largest demographic of deaths. The same year, 500 pedestrians were killed in Florida accidents.
Most crashes involving someone walking occur at non-intersection locations on city streets at night. Common factors in vehicle versus pedestrian collisions include distracted driving or walking, careless driving (speeding, not yielding to right-of-way) and impaired driving or walking.
It is not apparent what factors may have contributed to this accident. But, with any pedestrian collision, it is imperative a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer conducts an investigation of all the facts to determine if the crash was the result of another person’s negligence.
If you were a victim of a pedestrian accident, you may not know who to turn to, but you should call an experienced personal injury attorney. Jim Dodson Law helps injured pedestrians secure compensation from the at-fault driver to cover medical expenses, financial losses, and personal trauma. For a complimentary case review, contact attorney Jim Dodson now at 727-446-0840.