Many pedestrian injuries – such as those resulting from nighttime pedestrian accidents – are never reported to the police, according to research into hospital records. These types of accidents are often tragic for victims, since pedestrians struck by cars, trucks, buses, or motorcycles have no protection from impact. Contributing factors to these accidents are pedestrian or driver distraction (phones, texting, listening to music while walking), alcohol, drugs, and illegal driving or walking actions.Learn more about your legal options after a severe pedestrian accident from the experienced Orlando Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney.
Fortunately, there are pedestrian laws in Florida that help bring justice to negligent drivers and compensate the unfortunate victims. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you need a legal team that knows the ins and outs of pedestrian law in Florida.
I am attorney Michael T. Gibson and I have been helping Central Florida residents seek justice when they are harmed by negligent drivers. Pedestrians already have a disadvantage when sharing the road with vehicles – don’t let yourself be at a disadvantage during your personal injury case as well.
Orange County Florida Pedestrian Injury Accident Statistics
Pedestrian Laws in Florida
The prevalence of Orlando pedestrian accidents and pedestrian accidents across the state has led to the development of extensive pedestrian laws. Whether the injuries you sustained were from nighttime pedestrian accidents or daytime incidents, as an injured pedestrian you have rights to compensation for the damage you sustained.
According to the pedestrian laws in Florida, a pedestrian is responsible for:
- obeying the instructions of pedestrian-specific traffic control devices;
- utilizing sidewalks when provided;
- walking on the shoulder of the left side of the road when sidewalks are not provided;
- utilizing crosswalks when available; and
- yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic if crossing a roadway where a crosswalk is not available.
Aside from the pedestrian laws in Florida governing practical pedestrian behaviors, laws also stipulate driver behavior that is intended to decrease the number of Orlando pedestrian accidents. The laws help ensure that drivers:
- allow pedestrians in crosswalks to completely cross the road before continuing through the intersection;
- do not attempt to pass or overtake another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk while a pedestrian is within its perimeter; and
- exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or person propelling a human-powered vehicle.
The latter point of exercising due care to avoid pedestrian accidents is a big contributor to many nighttime pedestrian accidents – many drivers fail to be extra aware of others in or near the road when the sun goes down.