A report from local law enforcement officials indicated a man from Bradenton died in an accident the afternoon of Tuesday, February 19, after being struck while attempting to cross the street.
The 37-year-old victim was reportedly hit by an oncoming vehicle when he entered the crosswalk at the intersection of First Street and 301 Boulevard East. He was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment, but was later pronounced dead of his injuries. The driver of the Nissan Altima that hit him did not sustain injuries.
Police shut down the intersection for several hours conduct an investigation.
Pedestrians have right of way in crosswalks
Pedestrians typically have the right of way whenever they are in a crosswalk. The only exception is if they are in a crosswalk controlled by lights and the sign for the pedestrian reads “don’t walk.” Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are in crosswalks, even if there are not yield or stop signs present. They also must do everything they can to avoid pedestrians if there’s enough time to do so — even if the person on foot is crossing illegally.
A driver who hits a pedestrian in a crosswalk will be held liable for the accident and any injuries that result if the victim chooses to file a personal injury claim. The victim simply must be able to prove that he or she was legally in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.
To learn more about the steps to take if you have been injured in a car or pedestrian accident, speak with an experienced Manatee County personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.