Tragic Florida Car Accident Highlights the Importance of Pedestrian Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on June 2, 2011

Florida pedestrian accident attorneyAn elderly Florida man in a wheel chair was recently struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to cross a busy North Fort Myers’ intersection, NaplesNews.com reports.

A car driven by Jose Manuel Acosta, 38, of Fort Myers, struck and killed Charles Albert Warber from North Fort Myers, Florida Highway Patrol reports show.

Acosta was driving a 1991 Honda sedan eastbound in the outside lane on Hancock while approaching the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard. Warber, in a wheelchair on the southeast corner of the intersection, entered the crosswalk northbound directly into the path of the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

In this case, it appears that the driver was not at fault. Acosta had a steady green light as he approached the intersection, while the crosswalk for Hancock Bridge Parkway displayed a steady red light.

This tragic accident reinforces the importance of pedestrian safety, particularly when crossing busy intersections. Although the number of accidents has been declining in recent years, Florida still has one of the highest rates of fatal pedestrian accidents in the country.

Below are a few safety tips for drivers and pedestrians provided by Walkinginfo.org.

For pedestrians–

  • Make yourself visible to drivers.
  • Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers; don't just look at the vehicle.
  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.

For drivers–

  • Watch for pedestrians at all times.
  • Yield to pedestrians at crossings.
  • Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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