A pedestrian died in a car accident on the evening of Wednesday, February 17 in Sarasota County.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, a 39-year-old Sarasota man was driving a sedan westbound in the right lane of Fruitville Road, just west of Avant Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, a 43-year-old man from Sarasota was crossing the westbound lanes of Fruitville Road from the raised median.
The vehicle was unable to avoid the pedestrian and a collision resulted in fatal injuries to the pedestrian. The driver of the sedan was uninjured in the accident. The FHP continued to investigate the crash in its aftermath.
Liability in pedestrian accidents
While drivers are liable in most pedestrian accident cases, sometimes that liability might be shared, and there are even some circumstances in which the driver might avoid liability entirely.
In situations in which a pedestrian does not cross at a crosswalk or with the right of way, there’s the possibility that the pedestrian could share liability for an accident. It still remains the responsibility of drivers to notice the pedestrian and take reasonable efforts to avoid them. However, if the pedestrian stepped right out in front of a vehicle, it might not be realistically possible for the driver to avoid a collision.
Succeeding in aas someone who’s been injured in a pedestrian accident requires you to gather evidence showcasing the liability of the driver. For more information about the best tactics to use in your case and how you can recover compensation for your injuries, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.