The sunny weather in Florida is conducive to lots of outdoor activities, such as rollerblading, bike riding, and walking through the cities. The last thing you want to worry about when you venture out for a brisk walk or a nice stroll is a car hitting you. Unfortunately, the reality is that pedestrians accidents happen frequently throughout Florida. In fact, a recent report published by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America highlights that Florida leads the nation when it comes to dangerous areas for pedestrians. Statistics indicate that 1,539 pedestrians have been killed in South Florida over the past 10 years.
Under Florida law, where sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian must not walk on the road but rather should always use the sidewalk. Where a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian can walk on the road but must be cautious. According to a Florida statute, pedestrians have the right of way on marked crosswalks, and they should move upon the right half of the crosswalk. Failure to adhere to these laws can result in a noncriminal traffic infraction, known as a pedestrian violation.
Even when pedestrians take all the right steps and precautions when crossing the street, they can still be injured due to the carelessness of vehicle drivers on the road. Drivers collide with pedestrians due to distracted driving, intoxicated driving, speeding, failing to yield, or simple inattentiveness that causes them not to realize the pedestrian is there. Pedestrian accidents can happen in a variety of ways, including head-on collisions with vehicles, roll-over crashes, and bicycle accidents. Continue reading →