In Florida, you’ll find there are 2 types of crosswalks: marked and unmarked. A marked crosswalk is what we all imagine when we think of a crosswalk. There are lines painted on the ground to mark the boundaries and there may even be a button to push for a walk signal.
The law in Florida gives extra protection to a pedestrian hit by a vehicle when the pedestrian is in a crosswalk. If you were injured while crossing the road at an intersection without crosswalk markings you may have been in an unmarked crosswalk.
An unmarked crosswalk occurs at every intersection where the sidewalk meets the road, and is part of the roadway. There is not necessarily any paint or other marking to indicate the bounds of an unmarked crosswalk.
Florida Statutes Section 316.003 Defines a Crosswalk as:
- That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway.
- Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
In order to determine the location of the unmarked crosswalk, you should picture the sidewalk or shoulder extending across the roadway until it meets the other side of the road. The unmarked crosswalk is measured from curb to curb. If there are no curbs, it is measured from the edge of the road.
Whether there is a marked or unmarked crosswalk, drivers should be mindful of the pedestrian right-of-way in Florida. Drivers who do not stop for pedestrians crossing the road may cause a motor vehicle versus pedestrian accident, which rarely ends well for the person on foot.
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