The Corry Law Firm

Our team of legal professionals fights for your rights
— and those of your loved ones.

Our team of legal professionals fights for your rights
— and those of your loved ones.

Phone: 850-391-2365
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Phone: 850-391-2365
Toll Free: 888-341-3073

Knowing the traffic laws can help prevent pedestrian accidents

There are many designated areas for pedestrians to walk in Florida such as sidewalks and other walkways. However, while pedestrians can remain on the sidewalks most of the time, they will almost always need to cross streets or driveways and interact with vehicles driving on the roads. Given the drastic size difference between vehicles and pedestrians, it is very important that pedestrians and drivers follow the laws to avoid pedestrian accidents.

In order to follow the various traffic laws regarding pedestrians though people actually need to know the laws. People need to know when pedestrians have the right of way and when vehicles have the right of way.

When pedestrians have the right of way

When there are traffic control signals, both pedestrians and vehicles must follow the signals. If the pedestrian is permitted to walk, then all vehicles must remain stopped and not enter the crosswalk until the pedestrian has safely moved out of their lane of traffic. Vehicles also must yield to pedestrians crossing in crosswalks at intersections when there is not a traffic control signal. Vehicles have the right of way if pedestrians are crossing a street anywhere else besides a crosswalk or intersection. Pedestrians also cannot jump out and enter the roadway if a vehicle is approaching and will be unable to stop in time to avoid them.

When these laws are not followed by vehicles, pedestrians are the ones who suffer the damages. They can result in severe injuries that can completely change their lives. It can affect them both physically and financially as well.

Victims of pedestrian accidents in Florida may be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffer. The compensation can pay for the medical bills, lost income as well as the pain and suffering of the victim. The compensation will not help heal the injuries, but it can still be very valuable as people recover from their injuries. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating pedestrian accidents can be and may be able to help one become whole again.

 

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