A man was killed early Monday after he walked into the path of an oncoming pickup truck in Tampa, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The man was struck along 50th Street just north of Palm River Road at 4:27 a.m.
Troopers believe a 54-year-old Ruskin man was driving his Ford F-150 pickup northbound on 50th Street when the man attempted to cross the street.
Parts of Palm River Road and 50th Street were closed Monday morning while authorities investigated the crash site.
Intersections can create dangerous conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists. Even though there are guidelines that detail how to proceed at intersections as well as who has the right of way, it is common for these rules to be ignored. In many cases, negligent driving practices such as speeding, drunk driving or distracted driving create life-threatening situations when cars and pedestrians enter an intersection at the same time.
The most common intersection accidents entail:
– Running a stop sign or a red light
– Making a right or left turn without checking to make sure the intersection is clear of other vehicles or pedestrians
– Failing to adhere to stop signs or traffic lights
When pedestrians are involved in intersection collisions, the potential for serious injury is increased due to the fact that they lack the protection that a vehicle provides for drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, many drivers do not always keep an eye out for pedestrians in the roadway that are entering an intersection with them, and they often fail to yield the right of way. Intersection car accident claims are usually highly complex. Insurance companies often use this to their advantage and will try and reduce your financial compensation.
A Tampa Bay Pedestrian Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can investigate you or your loved one’s accident and carefully evaluate all of the evidence. We will make sure the insurance companies involved fight fair and that you and your family receive the compensation that is rightfully deserved. If you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident in the Tampa Bay area, please call us today for a free initial consultation at 813-221-3200 or contact us online.