Whether you only walk occasionally, or if that is your main mode of transportation, Florida is a beautiful place to get around on foot. However, pedestrians are at risk when they head out and have to interact with vehicles and accidents involving pedestrians happen every day. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 9,300 pedestrian accidents in 2018. Of these, 720 pedestrians were killed and over 7,000 pedestrians were injured.
Florida Laws Regarding Pedestrians
There are a few different laws that pertain to pedestrians in Florida. The most important is Florida Statute §316.130, which states, in part, that:
Are Drivers Always to Blame?
Most pedestrian accidents in Florida are caused by negligent drivers, but that is not always the case. Pedestrians can be found at fault for these accidents as well, even if only partially.
For example, you may walk out into the road in a location that does not have a crosswalk, and an approaching car may be speeding excessively. In this case, both you and the driver may be held partly at fault. Under Florida’s comparative negligence law, if you are found partly to blame for the crash, any compensation you receive may be reduced.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you or a loved one were injured as a pedestrian, call Aventis Law Firm for a free consultation. We will work with you to learn about the facts of your case and let you know how we may be able to help you get compensation for your injuries.