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Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Edward D. Carlson Underscores the Importance of Following the Rules of the Road to Prevent Pedestrian and Bicycle Deaths

Prominent accident attorney Edward D. Carlson, of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, P.A. warns Tampa Bay bicyclists and pedestrians of the dangers looming on Florida roads for those who are not vigilant about their safety.

The State of Florida recognizes Florida Bicycle Month in March, a time to shine a spotlight on the significant role bicycling plays in the lives of nearly 25 million Florida residents and tourists. Florida Bicycle Month is the perfect time to focus on a continuing problem in the state – the high incidence of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities on Florida roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 122 bicyclists were killed in Florida in 2012. In the same year, there were 476 pedestrian fatalities in the state. Smart Growth America, an advocacy organization for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods, reports that Florida’s overall Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) is 168.65, which places it first nationally as the most dangerous state for pedestrians.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) blames bicyclists’ failure to wear helmets and alcohol impairment as major contributing factors in bicyclist deaths.Alcohol impairment is also a leading cause of pedestrian fatalities, according to the GHSA.

Personal injury attorney Edward Carlson, of premier Tampa Bay personal injury law firm Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett, warns Florida pedestrians and bicyclists to, “avoid injury or death by making smart choices and following the laws intended to protect them, such as paying attention to traffic, putting down their smart phones and taking off headphones when navigating busy streets; cross the road at crosswalks only, wear bright or reflective clothing at night, walk on sidewalks, and bicycle in bike lanes or on the paved shoulder.” Carlson also advocates the use of helmets while biking and refraining from drinking or using drugs while bicycling or walking on Florida roads.

Attorney Edward Carlson assists pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured due to the negligence of another person by evaluating the specific circumstances of their case, determining potential damages and pursuing maximum compensation under Florida’s personal injury laws.

This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.


Tampa Bay Swimming Pool Owners Must Put Safety First or Hold Their Breath

Veteran Clearwater personal injury attorney, Edward D. Carlson, of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. reminds pool owners that swimming pool safety this summer is paramount

Swimming is a favorite pastime for Florida locals and tourists alike over the summer months, however a property owner’s negligence to maintain a safe environment for swimmers can cause unwelcome threats for those trying to enjoy a sunny day by the pool.

Clearwater personal injury attorney Edward D. Carlson of Carlson Meissner, Hart and Hayslett P.A. reminds property owners that they have a legal obligation to make sure their property is safe and properly maintained in order to avoid accidents. In the event that the owner knew their property was dangerous before it caused harm, they can be held responsible for the victim’s injuries.

Hazards such as broken or cracked sidewalks, slippery decks and floors, toxic chemicals, defective pool draining systems, circulation entrapment and other poolside dangers may inflict serious injuries toward those exposed, including the number one summer threat—drowning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people drown each day in the United States, and for each death caused by drowning, one in four nonfatal submersion accidents occur, landing the victim in the hospital. For parents with children, it is especially frightening that a simple slip and fall around the pool could cause a fatal incident.

“If just one death is caused by swimming pools in Tampa Bay this summer, that is one death too many,” attorney Carlson said. “Swimming pool injuries and fatalities are completely preventable if we are aware of unsafe swimming environments and use extreme caution when enjoying the pool.”

Serious accidents are often preventable. It is critical for Tampa Bay area residents to use extreme caution when watching children swim, drinking alcohol while swimming or partaking in water sports. However, before stepping into the water, be observant of any dangers in your surroundings, as they could also cause serious or fatal accidents. Although our Clearwater personal injury attorneys have a combined 125 years of experience helping those who have been injured in slip and falls and wrongful death accidents involving swimming pools, our legal team never wants to be faced with the news of a pool fatality.

By cracking down on owners’ negligence to maintain a safe area around swimming pools, and encouraging pool owners to be highly-aware and vigilant in supervising children in pools, we aim to lower the amount of pool-related injuries in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida this summer. If you or someone you love was injured in a swimming pool due to the negligence of another party, contact our experienced Clearwater accident attorneys for help. We offer free consultations and flexible hours. Contact us toll free at (877) 728-9653.