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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Sarasota Under Investigation

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A woman who was critically injured while out for a walk in Sarasota has died.

The 55-year-old victim from Alaska was involved in the fatal pedestrian accident while walking on North Tamiami Trail and Ortiz Boulevard on a late-September 2021 morning, according to local media. The woman had been walking in the same direction as traffic when the front end of a Volvo allegedly struck her.

The victim was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and tragically died the next day, ABC7 reports. As of this writing, the incident was still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit. It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

Pedestrians are at risk in Florida

Serious injury-causing and fatal pedestrian accidents continue to be a problem in Florida. The state is frequently among those reporting the highest annual pedestrian crash rates in the country. Pedestrian accidents are often violent. The lack of protection for people on foot means any traffic accident is likely to be serious.

Victims in pedestrian accidents must often file insurance claims and/or civil lawsuits to get the compensation they need to recover. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you can get a free legal case review from Farrow & Pulice, P.A. Our law firm has multiple offices serving Central and Southwest Florida.

Who is at fault in Florida pedestrian accidents?

All Florida motorists owe others a duty of care and are required to drive responsibly so as not to cause harm. Drivers often fail to provide this duty of care if they are operating a motor vehicle while:

  • Drunk
  • Distracted
  • Fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Impaired by over the counter or prescription medicine, illegal drugs, or alcohol

Other forms of driver negligence include road rage and failure to yield or follow traffic signals.

Common injuries

Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries and death. Last year, there were hundreds of local injury-causing and deadly pedestrian accidents in Sarasota, Charlotte, and Manatee counties. Among the three counties, there were more than 30 fatal pedestrian accidents.

This type of accident often results in injuries to the head, legs, and pelvis, and they often cause bone fractures, ligament tears, and traumatic brain injuries (e.g., a concussion). Head and neck musculoskeletal injuries are also common. Many accident victims develop injuries that require physical therapy, surgery, appointments with medical specialists, mental health care, and other long-term medical treatment.

Legal help for Florida accident victims

At Farrow & Pulice, P.A., our attorneys fight for the compensation our clients need and deserve. We understand what is at stake for you after a bad accident — your health, career, and your family's financial stability. We take this very seriously and will put in the hard work to build you a strong case that the insurance company will not be able to ignore.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a bad accident, see how our law firm can help you. We can meet you at one of our offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Englewood, Port Charlotte, or Venice, or we can go to where you are. Our legal team can help you understand how the law applies to your situation, the full value of your claim, and your options going forward.

Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Sarasota pedestrian accident lawyer.

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