Once again, according to an article, another pedestrian has tragically been hit by a car and killed.
The Florida pedestrian accident happened in St. Johns County on U.S. 1 Saturday night around 10 p.m. The unidentified person was walking on the roadway on the inside lane north of a pedestrian crosswalk on his way to a Target store.
The Florida Highway Patrol will not identify the man until his next of kin is notified. The car that struck the pedestrian was driven by a 21-year-old man of Hastings. He was traveling south on the inside lane when he struck the man who died at the scene. He and his passenger suffered minor injuries. FHP says they had their seat belts on.
Our condolences go out to this man and his family. His was unfortunately one of about 4,000 to 5,000 pedestrian deaths reported nationwide. Typically the hours for accidents occur between 5 and 11 p.m. and nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in 2003. And Florida is one of four states (California, Texas and New York) that are the top states for pedestrian fatalities, making up 29 percent of total traffic fatalities across the country according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
We also know from statistics that speeding and alcohol impairment are the major contributing factors in crashes of all types and the variety of serious injuries suffered as a result of a car collision can be life-altering.
In Florida, the Highway Patrol reports that 15.5 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians in 2003, with 504 people killed and more than 7,000 injured. Unfortunately in more than 10 percent of all pedestrian crashes, the individual had been drinking and about one-third of all pedestrian-auto crashes, the pedestrian had been drinking.
In order to stay safe, a pedestrian has a duty to cross a road in the cross walk which is designated for that purpose and tend to be properly lit. Under Florida law, the driver has to come to a stop if there is a bicyclist or pedestrian in a crosswalk and the driver has to remain stopped while the person crosses to the other side.
While pedestrian motor vehicle crash deaths have been declining since 1975, there are still far too many killed on crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips and traffic islands.
At Farah and Farah, our skilled Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers have been assisting those injured in pedestrian accidents caused by trucks, cars, and motorcycles for many years and have the experience and knowledge to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free evaluation.