While drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to their surroundings to avoid accidents, pedestrians have equal responsibility to be alert and identifiable while walking on sidewalks or crossing the road.
By the Numbers
Between 2003 and 2012, more than 5,000 people were killed while walking in Florida. This represents 17 percent of all traffic related incidents in the state during this time period, and earns Florida its designation as the most dangerous place to walk nationally. According to Smart Growth America, younger and older walkers are most susceptible to danger, with 223 children under the age of 16 and 960 adults ages 65 dying in auto-related accidents.
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Common causes of clashes between drivers and pedestrians include negligent drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding or distracted by texting, and eating or talking on the phone. Dangerous roadways can also be a cause. In Florida, 63 percent of pedestrians are killed in accidents on arterial roads, according to Dangerous by Design 2014. Curvy roads can reduce the ability to see pedestrians crossing the road. Potholes or overgrown foliage can also be dangerous, making every entity from governments to private property owners liable for a fatal accident. Legal guardians of young and older adults also have to be responsible for those reliant on them. Small children or senior citizens require 24-hour care to protect them from any number of daily hazards like improperly walking into the roadway.
Take a look at these laws for pedestrians and drivers in the state of Florida:
- Any person on foot is a pedestrian including those in wheelchairs or roller skates.
- Aside from maintenance or governmental personnel, a person may not walk upon a limited access facility (highway or interstate) or a ramp connecting a limited access facility to any other street or highway.
- According to Florida Statute §316.130, where sidewalks are provided, a pedestrian must not walk on the road.
- Where a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian can walk on the road. A pedestrian should walk on the shoulder in the direction facing the oncoming traffic.
- Cyclists are not pedestrians and are required to travel on the right side of the road.
Remember, the best way to protect your right to pursue compensation is to talk to a skilled attorney before speaking with anyone else. If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, don’t deal with the insurance company alone. Contact the Law Office of Kevin M. Cobbin. Real injuries deserve real compensation. Call now at (904) 357-8448.
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