Pedestrian, Motorcycle, and Truck Crashes Claim Lives in Tampa Area In Second Weekend of July

In the last few days, a number of catastrophic accidents have claimed the lives of Floridians, including a pedestrian, motorcyclist, and motorist: 

  • A 53-year-old man was tragically killed July 10th after he was hit by a car on Seminole Boulevard, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The fatal accident occurred at 5:11 a.m. at Seminole Boulevard at Walsingham Road. According to the news report, a vehicle was travelling north near the intersection, when at the same time, the pedestrian was crossing the middle of the intersection. It was unclear if the victim was in the crosswalk when he was struck. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he later passed away. 
  • A 49-year-old Spring Hill man was killed July 11th when he was riding his motorcycle in Hernando County, and a vehicle turned in front of him. The crash occurred at the intersection of County Line Road and Ruskin Avenue. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the motorcyclist was taken to  the hospital where he passed away of his injuries later that day. 
  • A fiery crash on Interstate 75 near Wildwood on July 12th took the life of a 31-year-old Spring Hill man, Tampa Bay Times reported. The collision was reported at about 7:25 a.m. near milepost 321. According to the news report, a man from Dade City was driving a tanker truck when he had to slow for stopped traffic. The vehicle behind him, driven by the Spring Hill man, was not able to stop and crashed into the back of the truck. The collision caused about 250 gallons of fuel to spill and the truck to catch fire. 

Our thoughts go out to the families of all of these tragic crashes. Unfortunatey, they are just a few of many fatal traffic collisions this year. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there have been nearly 1,700 fatalities from traffic accidents in 2021, and more than 118,400 injuries. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent and reckless drivers – and entirely preventable. 

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What to Do Following a Crash in Florida 

If you or a loved one has been involved in a devastating traffic accident caused by another party’s negligent or reckless actions, you have legal rights and options to pursue compensation for your injuries or loved one’s wrongful death. Before you accept a settlement from an insurance company, speak with a lawyer. You may be entitled for far more than is initially offered. Personal injury attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no legal fees unless money is recovered for you. 

Get a Free Consultation with a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer 

The Coleman Law Group has more than a decade of experience fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt, or lost someone in a heartbreaking accident.  We offer a free consultation to answer your questions and review your legal options to pursue a claim. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. 

Wrongful Death Settlement Reached After Tampa Plastic Surgeon Killed in 2019 Indiana Plane Crash

On October 5, 2019, Dr. Daniel P. Greenwald, a plastic surgeon from Tampa, was tragically killed in a plane crash shortly after taking off from Kokomo Municipal Airport in Kokomo, Indiana. His plane, a twin-engine Piper Aerostar 603P, crashed about four miles away from the airport.  A settlement was recently reached with his estate, and the city of Kokomo, stemming from the accident.

When the National Transportation Safety Board issued their preliminary report a few weeks after the accident, although a cause of the crash was not listed, it emphasized the type of fuel that had been put in the aircraft while it was on the ramp at Kokomo airport.. The post-crash, preliminary report revealed that several of the planes spark plugs sustained damage “consistent with detonation” and that a clear liquid “consistent in color and order with that of Jet A Fuel” was found in the fuel lines and manifolds of both engines. 

Many people who are not in aviation do not realize that there are two types of fuel available for aircraft in the U.S.: Jet Fuel, or “Jet A,” and “Av gas.” Avgas is sometimes called 100LL.  Jetfuel is usually used in turboprop planes and jets, and Avgas, short for aviation gasoline, fuels power piston aircraft, like Cessna 172s and Piper Cherokees.  The type of fuel used depends on the type of engine. Jet A is colorless or “straw” colored, and Avgas is dyed blue. However, Avgas mixed with Jet Fuel may also appear light blue. 

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Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Left-Turn Accident in Pinellas Park

Multiple news outlets reported a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Monday, May 31st, in a crash with a Ford F-150 pickup on U.S. 19. The accident was reported at 8:40 PM. The F-150 was making a left turn from U.S. 19 into a parking lot at 9359 U.S. 19 when it collided with a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle heading north in the curb lane. The truck entered the curb lane, and the motorcyclist laid the bike down and collided with the front end of the truck. The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. Our thoughts go out to the victim of this devastating accident, and their loved ones.

Cause of the Accident Is Under Investigation

Motorcycles have a narrow profile and unfortunately, are extremely vulnerable to left-turn accidents when a car makes a left turn and fails to yield. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that unfortunately, this scenario (a vehicle driver turning left into the path of a motorcycle going straight) accounts for an estimated 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. IonTB reported that “ neither speed nor impairment was a factor in the causation of the crash.” Based on the limited information available, it is not clear what happened. Investigators will look at whether the driver should have seen the motorcyclist, or if any other factors were involved. A driver who fails to yield to the path of a motorcyclist may be liable for an accident, and the resulting injuries or deaths. 

Under Florida Vehicle Code 316.122, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle, which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

Avoiding Left-Turn Accidents 

Drivers making left turns should always consider the possibility of a bicyclist or motorcyclist being in the area – and always look for them. The NHTSA recommends drivers take certain steps to reduce the likelihood of a left-turn collision: 

  • Slow down at intersections and ensure nobody is in your blind spots 
  • Visually scan for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists 
  • Use rear and side view mirrors 
  • Proceed with caution. 

The NHTSA says “I just didn’t see him” is a common claim after a left-turn accident – and 41% of all motorcycle crashes are due to drivers failing to see motorcycles. Failure to see a driver does not absolve a driver or reduce the degree of negligence and fault. Left-turn accidents are avoidable and preventable, and drivers must take precautions to avoid collisions.  Understanding the blind spots on your vehicle can greatly improve your odds of avoiding a collision with a motorcyclist or bicyclist. 

Discuss Your Potential Case With a Qualified Attorney 

Accident victims and their family members are well-advised to contact an experienced and reputable Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. The Coleman Law Group offers a free consultation to answer your questions and discuss your legal rights. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. 

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. 

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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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