Florida has a well-deserved reputation as being a dangerous place for pedestrians. It has been the subject of much press coverage and was famously documented in a paper called Dangerous by Design by Transportation of America. The greater Orlando and Tampa areas remain the first and second most dangerous metro areas in the United States for pedestrian safety.
That simply tells us is drivers are killing and hurting far too many people who are simply trying to cross the road. In our practice we see this all too often in crosswalk collisions. Sadly, a crosswalk is not a safe place. Drivers often fail to recognize they are approaching a crosswalk, especially at night. Many have no idea they are required to slow or stop for someone walking in a crosswalk. In addition, too many drivers are in such a hurry to get somewhere or are distracted by a mobile device or passenger they never see a pedestrian until it’s too late.
Keep in mind a pedestrian has the right of way once they are lawfully within the crosswalk (they can’t jump out immediately in front of an approaching vehicle into the crosswalk). This applies whether the pedestrian is using a high visibility crosswalk controlled by lights or crosswalk signs or in a simple crosswalk marked on the roadway surface. The responsibility is on the driver to avoid striking them and causing harm. At Jim Dodson Law, we believe drivers can and should be held responsible when they injure or cause the death of a pedestrian within a crosswalk.
If this has happened to you or someone you love, simply pick up the phone and call us. There is never a charge for discussing your case. You have our word you will always be treated with respect and we will give you straight answers to any questions you may have.