Clearwater- A 14-year old boy was hit while crossing U. S. 19 in Clearwater on Tuesday afternoon. He manage to cross the southbound lanes and tried to cross the northbound lanes when he was struck. He was not in a crosswalk.
Spring Hill- A-50-year-old man was struck and killed early Sunday morning in Spring Hill. He was standing in the in the outside lane when he was hit and died at the scene.
Florida has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the Nation. Where you have high traffic density mixed with a large group of pedestrians, bad things are bound to happen. Many pedestrians are hit at night or in poor visibility conditions such as rain or fog. Some pedestrians are struck when they try to run across a darkened highway.
Every accident has issues regarding Comparative Negligence and pedestrian accidents are no exception. The court will balance the issues such as use of the crosswalk, visibility, speed, and other considerations when deciding a case. The jury will be instructed on comparative negligence but all other things being equal, most juries would place a large portion of blame on the vehicle rather than the injured pedestrian.
If you don’t want to be a statistic, wear white at night and follow the rules of the road. Try to walk as far off the pavement as possible and cross only at stop lights. Pedestrian safety is everyone’s job.
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