Tallahassee Pedestrian Hit Multiple Times
A pedestrian in Tallahassee was hit by three different vehicles after an accident at a busy intersection on a recent weekday morning. The accident occurred when the pedestrian was attempting to cross a multi-lane road outside of a crosswalk during morning rush hour. This is contrary to Florida law and simply not a wise idea given that Florida has the most unsafe roads in the country for pedestrians. Florida’s roads are dangerous enough for pedestrians without them making things more difficult by ignoring laws intended to ensure their safety and walking against lights or outside crosswalks. Therefore, if you are a pedestrian in Florida, you should do everything possible to ensure your own safety, given that motorists in Florida often either ignore pedestrians or take no account of them whatsoever when operating their motor vehicles.
The Tallahassee Accident
A report from the Tallahassee Democrat regarding the accident revealed more details about this tragedy and how a different decision by the 35-year-old pedestrian could have perhaps made the situation have a different result. The pedestrian was attempting to cross a major multi-lane divided highway in Tallahassee outside a crosswalk at 7:00 a.m. on a weekday morning. As the pedestrian attempted to reach the median, she was hit by one vehicle and, shortly thereafter, by two other vehicles before she was able to reach the median. As a result, she died of her injuries at the scene. The road had to be closed to all traffic for several hours to allow police and emergency responders to clear the scene.
Florida Pedestrians Endangered
Florida routinely ranks as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. This is only made worse when pedestrians take matters into their own hands and make decisions that make the road even less safe, like when they cross the road outside designated crosswalks. Under Florida law, pedestrians are not permitted to walk on the road where sidewalks are present. Pedestrians also are required to obey all traffic signals and to cross a road only when a pedestrian signal indicates it is safe to do so. Pedestrians always have the right of way when walking in a marked crosswalk with a light, but a pedestrian crossing a road at any place other than a marked crosswalk is required to yield the right of way to any vehicles on the road. However, pedestrian safety laws only work when pedestrians obey the law; they do nothing to improve the safety of the nation’s most dangerous roads for pedestrians if pedestrians are not obeying the laws that were enacted to protect them in the first place.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Schwed, Adams & McGinley, P.A.
Pedestrian accidents in Florida occur with dangerous regularity; the state has consistently been rated the most dangerous in the country for pedestrians. Often a pedestrian may be doing nothing wrong and is obeying the law, following all applicable traffic signals and walking in designated crosswalks, when a motorist operating his or her vehicle negligently hits the pedestrian. At Schwed, Adams & McGinley, P.A. our experienced personal injury attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal practice representing victims of pedestrian accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents in Florida. If you are a pedestrian who has been injured due to the negligence of a Florida motorist, you have the right under Florida law to receive compensation for your injuries, including the payment for any medical treatment you need to undergo as a result of those injuries, compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of those injuries, and other damages. Therefore, if you, a family member, or a loved one have been injured or killed by a motor vehicle while walking on a Florida road, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Schwed, Adams & McGinley, P.A today at 877-694-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.