Two pedestrians were injured in Clearwater Thursday morning after they were struck by a vehicle.
According to Clearwater police, a man and woman were struck by a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV while walking on Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Meadow Lark Lane just after 5:30 a.m.
Officers said the pair was trying to cross Gulf to Bay when they were hit by the car. According to officials, the man was trying to get the woman out of the way when they were hit.
The woman was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. The man was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.
The driver of the SUV, a 67-year-old Clearwater man, was not injured.
The crash is still currently under investigation.
Drivers must exercise reasonable care when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Failure to do so is considered negligence. The most common factors contributing to driver negligence include:
- Distracted Driving
- Failing to Yield the Right of Way to Pedestrians at Crosswalks
- Disobeying Traffic Signs or Signals
- Failing to Signal while Turning
- Disregarding Weather or Traffic conditions
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Just like drivers, a pedestrian must also exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety. Contributory negligence can be a factor in accidents if it can be found that a pedestrian failed to exercise such care and contributed to the cause of their own injuries.
The most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:
- Ignoring the “Walk” Signal at an Intersection
- Disrupting the Flow of Traffic
- Failing to Use Marked Crosswalks
- Darting in Front of a Vehicle
If you or someone you love has been in a pedestrian accident and suffered an injury, you may be wondering what to do next. A Tampa Bay Pedestrian Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can walk you through what steps to take and what results to expect. For a free consultation, please call us today at 727-823-0000 or contact us online. We can begin protecting your rights immediately, so do not delay.