Pedestrians that are struck by cars often sustain serious injuries. Even if a pedestrian was not using a crosswalk, a driver may still be held liable if the accident could have been avoided. There are several ways that Florida drivers can drive carefully around pedestrians to avoid an accident.
Drivers should make sure that they watch out for children, especially around areas where they congregate, like schools and playgrounds. Young kids are more likely than adults to unexpectedly dart out in front of traffic. Passing a stopped school bus with flashing lights is also considered a serious traffic violation.
Drivers should always watch out for crosswalks and make sure they slow down and come to a complete stop if a pedestrian is about to cross. If a pedestrian is attempting to cross at an intersection, this can also legally be considered a crosswalk.
Many pedestrian injuries occur when a car is backing up. It is a good idea for drivers to look behind their vehicle rather than relying on mirrors and cameras. An estimated 52 percent of injuries caused by a car backing into a pedestrian occur in parking lots. Drivers should be especially cautious in areas where there are many cars and pedestrians present.
When a pedestrian accident results in serious injuries, the victim may be able to file a cause of action for his or her damages. Liability may be clear in some cases, such as if the pedestrian was in the middle of a crosswalk when struck. In other cases, more proof may be needed to establish that the driver was negligent, such as phone records showing that he or she was texting at the time of the accident. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help pedestrian accident victims establish proof of liability and the extent of their injuries.