Pedestrian Safety in Florida: Staying Safe and Your Rights

A tragic incident in Milton, a city in Florida’s Panhandle, highlights the importance of pedestrian safety in Florida. Recently, an early Sunday morning saw a late-night accident resulting in the death of a pedestrian on SR 87N. According to a report from Fox10 News, the accident occurred when a motor vehicle heading southbound on 87N swerved to avoid one of two pedestrians walking in the middle of the road. The driver swerved to avoid hitting one pedestrian, but hit the other pedestrian walking closer to the center of the southbound lanes.

Staying Safe As a Pedestrian in Florida

As a pedestrian in Florida, it’s imperative to prioritize your safety. Motorists in the Sunshine State often disregard traffic laws, making it essential for pedestrians to be vigilant. Your safety begins and ends with you.

It’s important to note that pedestrians also have responsibilities under Florida law. These responsibilities are in place for the pedestrians’ own safety. Pedestrians must adhere to traffic laws, including walking on sidewalks if available. If no sidewalks exist, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder against traffic to increase visibility.

The pedestrian involved in the recent Milton accident was not following Florida law by walking in the road’s center lanes. Walking at night further increases the risk. This tragedy underscores the importance of obeying Florida law and taking precautions for personal safety, especially at night. Pedestrians must do everything they can do to ensure their own safety.

Contact Schwed, Adams & McGinley

At Schwed, Adams & McGinley, our experienced personal injury attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience representing pedestrians injured by motor vehicles. As a pedestrian in Florida, you need to ensure that you take all precautions to ensure your own safety. Injured in Florida as a pedestrian? You have rights. You deserve compensation if you’ve been injured as a result of a motorist’s negligence. If you were a pedestrian injured in Florida, contact our experienced team for dedicated legal representation today at contact@schwedlaw.com or (877) 694-6079 today.