A young man was walking on Blanding Boulevard in the Jacksonville area around 1:45 Friday morning. A report says he was hit by a Dodge minivan and killed.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the pedestrian fatality. The man has been identified as Cammeron T. Nettles, 21. He was walking southbound on Blanding Boulevard near County Road 220. Nettles was reportedly wearing dark clothing and walking in the inside lane. That was when the driver, 41-year-old Corry L. Hull of Keystone Heights, Florida hit him. Nettles was pronounced dead at the scene of the Jacksonville, Florida pedestrian accident.
The driver said he did not see Nettles who walking in the inside lane wearing dark clothing, the FHP report said. It also wasn’t clear what he was doing in the road or exactly where he was when he was hit.
Obviously it is the motorist’s responsibility to do everything possible to avoid colliding with any pedestrians, including anyone traveling on a bicycle, skateboarders or someone in a pedestrian crosswalk.
Turning motorists must yield to pedestrians at intersections with traffic signals. Motorists must yield to pedestrians crossing the street or driveway at any marked mid-block crossing, driveway or intersection without traffic signals.
Pedestrians are supposed to look for cars and cross only at intersections or crosswalks where drivers are more likely to be on the lookout for pedestrians. Pedestrians are also supposed to cross with the green light or WALK signal. When walking along a highway, pedestrians are supposed to walk on the shoulder, facing traffic, and wear light clothing to be more visible.
The federal government estimates about 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year after being struck by a moving vehicle.
The Florida Highway Patrol has some investigating to do. They must try to figure out whether the pedestrian was forced to walk in an unsafe and unlit area because of road construction or no sidewalks, what speed the motorist was traveling and whether there was negligence present.
This is where a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer can assist you in asking the right questions to understand the law and to preserve your rights. If you have further questions about liability just talk to any attorneys from our Jacksonville offices by calling 1-800-533-3555. Farah and Farah has been protecting our clients involved in Florida pedestrian and traffic accidents for over 25 years.