Sarasota Pedestrians and Right of Way
Some states are more dangerous statistically for pedestrians, and unfortunately Florida is one of them. While drivers are supposed to yield the right of way, they do not always do so. When crossing the street, individuals are struck every year.
Distracted and reckless drivers can injure and kill pedestrians when they are not paying attention. There are paths to compensation for individuals injured while using crosswalks and following traffic signals legally because they have the right of way. If you or someone you love was injured in a Florida pedestrian accident, talk to a Sarasota personal injury lawyer.
What Type of Injuries Happen In Pedestrian Accidents?
People are vulnerable to injury when crossing a road, whether they are jogging, running, or walking. Vehicles are designed to protect passengers and drivers; pedestrians do not have those protections. Pedestrians can suffer extreme injuries when they are struck.
Some of the injuries that can happen in pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Punctures, scrapes, and cuts
- Trauma and mental health issues
- Internal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bone fractures
Injuries can range from minor to severe. For example, a bone fracture could be small and quick to heal, or the bone could break at an angle that forces a bone to stick out of the body. This is referred to as an open fracture and can be very dangerous should an infection occur.
If a driver fails to yield to a pedestrian, the driver is subject to penalties in Florida. A citation could be issued. If there is no accident or personal injury in connection with the failure to yield, the fine issued could be up to $500 and include a license suspension or points being added to a driver’s license. Of course, if there is an accident and injury, further penalties may apply. In sum, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks.
Additionally, pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings when they use a crosswalk. If an individual walking across a street is moving in a fashion that is unpredictable, it could impact a driver’s ability to yield safely and efficiently. Further, if a pedestrian does not use a marked or unmarked crosswalk, it could also negatively impact a driver’s ability to avoid causing an accident.
Where Should I Cross?
It is important for pedestrians to remember that designated, marked crosswalks are best for individuals can cross safely. If a busy road has no marked crosswalk, look for other alternatives such as pedestrian bridges. Sidewalks should also be utilized; where sidewalks end in Florida creates an unmarked crosswalk. Pedestrians are not to walk in the area of the road designed for traffic.
Cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists are all responsible for safely sharing Florida roads. For this reason, walkers and drivers alike need to focus on safety and avoid distractions, such as texting. When accidents do happen, contact a Sarasota pedestrian accident lawyer to understand your rights.
Pedestrian Accident? Tell The Insurance Companies, “You’re Going To Hale”
Were you struck by a vehicle and injured when crossing the street? Talk to the experienced Sarasota attorneys at Hale Law. Pedestrians have rights. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no fees or costs if we are unable to recover compensation. For a free consultation, call at 941-735-4529.