Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Tampa, Florida
Contact the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Rebein Law today if you’ve sustained injuries in a pedestrian or bicycle accident.
Tampa is one of the most populated areas in the state of Florida. With more than 392,000 residents, the city sees its fair share of travelers. Although the highways and roads across the city are always busy, we see many people traveling in cars, trucks, SUVs, as well as on bicycles and on foot. In fact, the Tampa Riverwalk hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Although many people find it safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly to travel on bikes and by foot, these methods of transportation come with risks much like other vehicles. In fact, thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians are hospitalized each year in Hillsborough County due to motor vehicle collisions. Each year, Tampa and Hillsborough County rank poorly when it comes to pedestrian safety. With the increase in population, we see more and more people being harmed while traveling out on our busy roads.
When victims are injured in accidents, they often face towering medical costs, lost wages, and an array of other negative mental, physical, and emotional issues. Although many pedestrians are careful while traveling on busy roadways, they cannot fully protect themselves against others who act negligently. When victims are injured in accidents due to the reckless and careless actions of others, they should reach out to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Tampa as soon as possible. Injured bicyclists and pedestrians may have legal options available to help them recover.
If you have been injured in an accident, our Tampa pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys at Rebein Law will fight on your behalf to ensure your legal rights and best interests are protected. Our team will meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and the legal options available for you. From the beginning, we build cases as if they are going to trial. We strive to be prepared in case we have to take your case to court and fight for justice on your behalf.
Dangerous Areas for Bicyclist and Pedestrians in Tampa
The state of Florida, as a whole, has been ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians and bicyclists. Not only does our state rank highly across the nation for dangerous roadways, but the city of Tampa ranks as the eighth most dangerous place in the entire country for pedestrians to travel. Regrettably, the issues with pedestrian safety do not stop there. Hillsborough County as a whole has declared the majority of roads unsafe for pedestrians. In fact, more than 77% of roads in the county are deemed unsafe, which is alarming. In 2019, Hillsborough County was the location of the most pedestrian deaths in the entire state. The trend of injuries and death over the years has increased the need for safety practices and patrols throughout the area.
In Tampa, there are three roads that are particularly dangerous. These roads include:
- Fowler Avenue
- Busch Boulevard
- Hillsborough Avenue
These three roads were the location of more than thirty traffic-related fatalities over a three-year period. Sadly, the number of deaths continues to rise as the population increases.
While traveling on these and other roadways, it is crucial that pedestrians and bicyclists act cautiously and are aware of their surroundings. Traveling toward traffic can help you see vehicles in an effort to avoid a collision. Some other safety tips for foot travelers include:
- Looking both ways before crossing the road.
- Crossing only in designated crossing areas.
- Walking in a single file line while traveling along roadways.
- Making sure your clothing is able to be seen by drivers.
- Not wearing dark clothing at night time.
- Moving in a predictable manner.
- Paying attention to the road.
- Not being on your phone.
- Walking dogs on short leashes and keeping them close to you.
Although pedestrians can make every effort to protect themselves, there is nothing that can be done to ensure others sharing the road are as careful and considerate. For this reason, thousands of people continue to be harmed in Tampa and throughout Florida each year. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, contact Rebein Law’s pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneys in Tampa as soon as possible to see how we can help you.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Statistics in Tampa, Florida
Each year, more than 20,110 people are injured in motor vehicle accidents in Tampa and surrounding Hillsborough County. Bicyclists and pedestrians are not out of harm’s way when it comes to reckless and negligent drivers. In fact, over 6,100 bicyclists are injured in auto accidents each year while more than 160 end up passing away. Accidents involving pedestrians send more than 7,900 people to area hospitals while claiming the lives of more than 720 people.
Being involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident is likely to result in catastrophic injuries. Victims who are traveling outside of vehicles are unprotected and vulnerable to the impact of vehicles during collisions. As a result, pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to need immediate medical attention and long-term care for their injuries.
Injuries in Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Florida classifies bicyclists and pedestrians as vulnerable roadway users. As such, these travelers are at an increased risk of sustaining injuries when compared to individuals traveling inside vehicles.
Not only are these victims at risk of suffering injuries more often, but the severity of injuries is greatly increased as well. Victims who are involved in pedestrian and bicycle accidents are more likely to sustain:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated shoulders, wrists, and ankles
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis
- Concussions or other head injuries
- Neck or back injuries
- Severe lacerations, bruises, and road rash
- Crushing injuries
- Internal organ injuries
Given the severe consequences of bicycle and pedestrian accidents, it is extremely common for victims to suffer some degree of mental and emotional injury as well. Many victims are left with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, and other emotional and psychological traumas that impact their lives extensively. If you have been injured in a pedestrian or a bicycle accident as a result of a negligent or reckless actor, it is crucial that you seek legal guidance from a skilled attorney who will advocate on your behalf. Our team at Rebein Law will fight extensively to ensure you are in the best position possible to move forward and reach your recovery goals.
Services Our Team Provides for Injured Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Our team understands the overwhelming burdens that victims, such as yourself, endure after being harmed in a pedestrian or bicycle accident. For this reason, we strive to make the recovery process as easy as possible for you. After being injured in an accident, you need a legal team who will fight for your legal rights and advocate on your behalf to ensure you are in the best position possible to recover after being harmed. The aftermath of an accident can be extremely overwhelming. The mental, physical, and emotional consequences are difficult enough to deal with. Trying to navigate the legal system in order to hold wrongdoers accountable can seem nearly impossible. For this reason, our personal injury attorneys in Tampa take the legal work off your hands so you can focus on recovering without worrying about your legal rights being protected.
Our team at Rebein Law provides an array of services for our clients, including:
- Investigating their accidents,
- Gathering evidence to prove their case,
- Collecting police reports and witness testimonies to show the circumstances surrounding the accident,
- Gathering medical reports to show the care you underwent and what is expected in the future.
- Working with financial experts who can accurately calculate lost wages lost earnings, and other lost benefits you are now forced to endure due to your accident.
- Gathering repair statements or value reports for damaged or destroyed bicycles and other property.
- Leveraging strong evidence while negotiating full and fair compensation on your behalf.
- Providing responsive and effective representation in court to ensure you get the justice you deserve.
From the beginning, we build each case as if it were going to trial. By being as thorough as possible, and gathering an abundance of evidence, we are able to put together cases that better position our team for aggressive negotiations. If we are not able to come to a settlement agreement, we are prepared to go to trial and fight to get you the full and timely compensation you need and deserve from those who cause you harm.
Our Tampa personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you protect your legal rights. You do not have to move forward on your own. Let our team help you hold wrongdoers accountable. At Rebein Law, we firmly believe that victims should not have to pay a dime on medical costs and to replace or repair property after being injured in a bicycle accident or a pedestrian accident in the Tampa area. For this reason, we strive to help our clients collect the maximum amount of compensation available to them from those who cause them harm. Some of the damages our team helps victims obtain compensation for include:
- All medical costs resulting from their accidents
- Long-term care expenses for therapy, rehabilitation, nursing homes, care facilities, medical equipment, and more
- Any lost income due to doctor appointments, recovery, and having to take time off for other accident-related purposes
- Lost earnings for victims who are unable to return to work indefinitely
- General household out-of-pocket
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of personal enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
When victims are harmed in cases involving gross negligence, we demand punitive damage awards for our clients. These awards are not provided to compensate a victim for any particular loss. Instead, they are used to punish wrongdoers and to use them as an example to others in the community of what type of behavior is not tolerated on our streets. Our team stops at nothing to ensure you are in the best position possible to move forward, get the medical treatment you need, and reach your recovery goals. We provide responsive and effective legal representation to ensure you are able to get the justice you deserve. Contact our law firm today to see how we can help you.
Rebein Law Can Help You Get The Justice You Deserve
Being injured in an accident has a life-changing impact on victims, especially those left to endure the overwhelming consequences of painful injuries. From being forced out of work and into surgery, to going through weeks of recovery, victims are left to deal with both immediate and long-term consequences. Although most bicyclists and pedestrians are careful while out sharing roadways with others, they cannot control the actions of other motorists sharing the road. As a result, many people are left with injuries due to vehicle accidents caused by the negligent and reckless actions of others.
If you have been injured in a bicycle or a pedestrian accident in the Tampa area, it is crucial that you seek legal guidance from a responsive and knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Florida as soon as possible. The team at Rebein Law is dedicated to helping accident victims hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. Our Tampa pedestrian accident attorneys strive to provide our clients with representation that is responsive, aggressive, and effective. If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in the Tampa area, contact our law firm today by calling (813) 305-7285. Schedule a free case evaluation with our team to discuss the legal options available for you.