Man Fatally Struck By Car in Tampa Intersection on May 25th

A man tragically died early Tuesday after being struck by a car in Hillsborough County , WFLA Tampa reported. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Harney Road and Hillsborough Avenue in the  East-Lake Orient Park neighborhood early Tuesday, at around 5:08 a.m. The victim was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Further information about the cause of the crash was not available. The  Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. 

Our thoughts go out to loved ones of the victim. Losing a family member unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. 

The Cause of the May 25th Hillsborough County Accident Remains Under Investigation. 

Based on the very limited information available, it is not clear what happened or why this early morning intersection accident occurred. There are a number of unanswered questions here that law enforcement will be looking to determine. In some cases, liability can quickly be determined. In other cases, it can take an extensive investigation to determine the cause of an accident and who may be liable. 

Florida Has a High Number of Nighttime Pedestrian Accidents 

Pedestrian accidents in the early morning hours, when visibility is reduced, occurs far too often. Drivers may be fatigued, distracted, under the influence, or simply do not see a pedestrian. Or a pedestrian may simply not see a driver. In this case, we do not know what happened. During the 10-year period 2010 to 2019, the number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 54% in Florida, compared to a 16% increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities.In March, the Daytona Beach Journal  reported that despite a decrease in deaths, Florida has the second highest pedestrian death rate among all 50 states. 

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 30th in Tampa(Opens in a new browser tab)

Liability for Florida Pedestrian Accidents

Although pedestrians should exercise caution and traffic laws, drivers have a duty of care towards pedestrians. For example,  the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk. Florida Vehicle Code 316.130. When a driver is responsible for an accident, they may be liable for resulting injuries or a loved one’s death. Even if no criminal charges are filed, a driver may still be liable in a civil claim. Families of victims of pedestrian accidents caused by negligent drivers may be entitled to money for final medical care costs, lost future income, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of love, care, and companionship. 

Speak to a Lawyer About Your Potential Case

Accident victims and their families are well-advised to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Florida pedestrian accident, you may have the legal right to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident.  Contact the Coleman Law Group to discuss your legal rights. We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. 

One Person Killed in May 15th Hillsborough County Rollover Crash on US 41

WTSB Tampa Bay reported one person was killed in a crash on U.S. 41 on Saturday, May 15th. The Florida Highway Patrol told the news outlet that two vehicles were heading southbound on U.S. 41 when one vehicle attempted to pass another vehicle. Very limited information was available about the incident. Our thoughts go out to all involved.

It is not clear if the driver making the passing attempt was going to the left or right around the vehicle. However, the pass attempt was not successful, as the passing car struck the back of the car it was passing. The impact caused the first vehicle to go off the west shoulder. The driver reportedly over-corrected and their vehicle overturned. The driver suffered minor injuries. The driver of the car that was struck also went off the roadway and struck a power pole. The driver died at the scene of the collision. 

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Van Crashes Into Restaurant on Fowler in Tampa

Five people were hurt after a Chevrolet van crashed into a Tampa restaurant Wednesday afternoon, Fox 13 News reported. The incident happened at the First Watch on Fowler Avenue at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. 

It is always unfortunate when innocent bystanders are hurt. Our thoughts go out to all injured last week in this accident. We wish them the best for a speedy recovery. 

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Traffic Collisions in Florida Likely to Increase As Traffic Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels

People are returning to school and work. Employers are hiring, and tourism is picking up, as restrictions on social gathering and dining are being eased. And, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the transportation analytics firm Inrix, the number of daily passenger vehicle trips reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a year at the end of March. 

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It is likely that in the coming spring and summer months, traffic accidents will increase. More cars on the road mean will likely mean more crashes, and more vehicle drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians being injured or killed. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Clearwater

A pedestrian was killed on Monday, April 5th in Clearwater, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The car vs. pedestrian accident occurred on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at about 8:45 pm., just west of Belcher Road. The pedestrian, who was not identified, was struck by a Jeep Patriot. After the accident, he was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI. 

Clearwater Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. Crashes involving impaired drivers are especially frustrating, as they can so easily be prevented. 

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Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash March 29th in Pinellas Park

A bicyclist was seriously injured early Monday morning in the 6200 block of 66th Street, the Pinellas Beaches Patch reported. The cyclist, a 34-year-old man from Kenneth City, was reportedly riding southbound on 66th street, when he was struck from behind by a red vehicle, believed to be a 2006-2010 Chrysler 300 or Magnum. According to police, the car has a damaged side mirror on the passenger side. 

Pinellas Park Police Are Investigating

Pinellas Park Police Investigating The Cause Of the Crash 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this March 29th bicycle crash, including the identity of the driver,  should call the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-TIPS (8477). 

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 30th in Tampa

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning after being struck by a white Chevy SUV in Tampa, WFLA News reported. The accident occurred near 13th Street North and Hillsborough Avenue East, at around 12:21 a.m.  

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Very limited information was available about the circumstances of the accident. Fox 13 News reported that the driver of the SUV remained on the scene. Hillsborough Avenue was closed for about five hours while police investigated the incident. 

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle March 23rd on Fruitville Road in Sarasota

A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries when they were struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning in Sarasota, WWSB ABC 7 News reported.  The injury crash occurred just before 7 AM, at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fruitville Road. The victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with very serious injuries.

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According to the news report, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Further information and details were not available. We hope that the victim is able to make a complete recovery from their very serious injuries. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Struck and Killed March 19th in Clearwater

Less than a week after a fatal pedestrian accident on Saturday, March 13th in Tampa, a pedestrian was tragically struck and killed on Friday, March 19th in Clearwater, multiple news outlets have reported. News reports revealed the fatal accident was reported at about 10 PM on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, just west of Lake Avenue. The victim, a 45-year-old Illinois man, was hit by a 2015 Ford F-250 truck, and tragically died of his injuries at the scene. According to the IOnTB report, Clearwater Police said the victim was wearing dark clothing and was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck. 

Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim. Losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. 

The cause of the March 19th Clearwater pedestrian accident remains under investigation – and it is impossible to know exactly what happened. It is not clear based on the very limited information provided how fast the vehicle was traveling and if this fatal collision was caused by the vehicle driver or could have been prevented. 

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March 17th Head-on Collision in Clearwater Kills One, Seriously Injures Another

A catastrophic head-on collision occurred Wednesday, March 17, 2021, on Drew Street in Clearwater, WFLA News reported. The fatal crash occurred at about 12:40 PM, between Highland Avenue and Crest Avenue. 

According to the news report, a Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on Drew Street, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck head-on.  The 19-year-old driver of the Corolla died at the scene. The 78-year-old driver of the pickup truck was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg with serious injuries. Further details were not available – the collision remains under investigation by the Tampa Police Department. 

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