What happens if I get hit by a car in a crosswalk?
I have lived my entire life here in beautiful Palm Beach County. As such, I can appreciate the beauty of taking a walk or bike ride to enjoy our beautiful weather. Sadly, as a personal injury attorney practicing here in Palm Beach County, I see the dark side of taking a walk or riding a bicycle. On countless occasions I have represented pedestrians that have been the victims of negligent drivers. Incredibly, the majority of these accidents occur without any fault of the pedestrian. Specifically, the majority of these life altering accidents take place while the pedestrian was lawfully walking in a crosswalk.
Despite pedestrians having the right-of-way when they have the signal to lawfully cross the street, automobile drivers still negligently strike pedestrians. As you can imagine, Florida law clearly delineates what are the rights of pedestrians. According to Florida Statute §316.130, “the driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.” Furthermore, even if no signage exists telling a driver to stop, Florida Statute §316.130 still mandates drivers to yield the right-of-way by slowing down or stopping to allow the pedestrian using the crosswalk to cross the street. Unfortunately, the failure of automobile drivers to yield to pedestrians can result in death or catastrophic changes to the lives of the pedestrian and their family members.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian by a negligent driver, seek the help of a qualified accident attorney in Florida. At LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz we have a team of qualified attorneys prepared to discuss your case 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Don’t forget the consultation is free!