A 14-year-old boy is in serious condition after he was crossing a street on his way to school and was hit by a car being driven by a teacher. The boy is a student at University High School in Orange City and he was hit about 6:45 a.m. as he crossed Rhode Island Avenue at Carpenter Avenue with another student. He was airlifted from the scene to a hospital. The 48-year-old driver from Palm Coast was driving west on Rhode Island. She is listed as a “non-core” teacher at the high school and was cited by the Florida Highway Patrol for violating a pedestrian’s right of way.
The pedestrian crash in Orange City was described as low-impact.
While roadway accidents involving vehicles are on a decline nationwide, pedestrian accidents still account for about 12% of all roadway deaths – 4,092 according to the Governors Highway Safety Association in 2009.
Under Florida Statute 316.130, pedestrians generally have the right of way, especially near a playground or school or if the area has no traffic signals. If a crosswalk near a school was not supervised or a traffic light malfunctioned, a third party could be responsible for any injury associated with a traffic accident.
There are many questions that need to be answered when a young person is hit walking to school in order to determine the at-fault party. The Florida pedestrian accident lawyers at Farah & Farah is here to help and first we will conduct an investigation into the events surrounding the pedestrian collision. Call us at 1-800-533-3555 so we can get started.