Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Auto Accident

News4 in Jacksonville reports that a St. Augustine pedestrian died after he was hit by a car driving down U. S. Highway 1 near Old Moultrie Road in St. Johns County. Traffic investigators say a 57-year-old man was standing alongside the highway around 4:15 a.m. He was wearing dark clothing. A 24-year-old man was driving down U.S. 1 and didn’t see the pedestrian in time to avoid the accident. The male pedestrian later died at Flagler Hospital. The motorist was not injured and the Florida Highway Patrol reports no charges are pending.
Our condolences go out to family and friends of the deceased pedestrian.

Pedestrian Dangers in Florida
The Florida Department of Transportation reports the state’s pedestrian fatality rate during nighttime hours is double the national average. A recent review of all pedestrian accidents in the state, released in 2008, ranked Florida #2 nationwide for pedestrian fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that between 1997 and 2007, more than 5,000 pedestrians died on the state’s highways, 10.4% of all pedestrian fatalities across the nation for that same period of time. A study conducted by the University of Florida points to a number of reasons for Florida’s high fatality rate: warmer weather which encourages walking during longer winter nights and urban sprawl which creates a reliance on high-speed arterial highways such as U.S. 1. These highways are not always well lighted, adding to the danger.

Common Sense Precautions
Pedestrians should be doubly aware of the hazards of walking along roadsides, especially at night. Experts recommend wearing clothes with fluorescent markings or, at least, light-colored clothing. Using a flashlight of some sort is also helpful in drawing the attention of motorists.

Pedestrian accidents raise a number of questions for personal injury attorneys in St. Augustine. Determining liability, such as comparative fault, is often a challenge as well as sorting out insurance coverage. Consult a qualified injury attorney before speaking to insurance officials or signing any documents, including a release. The insurance companies are not on your side and they are not your good neighbor – they are a business with stockholders who demand they be profitable, often at the expense of those who pay the premiums or the person who is injured by the person covered. At Farah and Farah, we will gladly help you through this difficult time, contact us today for more information.

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