A 67-year-old man died after being hit by an SUV while attempting to cross U.S. 41 just north of Venice. The accident occurred on the evening of Saturday, February 19.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, shortly after 7 p.m. that evening a 78-year-old man from Hudsonville City, Michigan was driving his SUV north on U.S. 41 in the right lane near the intersection of the highway with Collins Road in southern Sarasota County. A man was trying to cross the northbound lanes of the highway when struck by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead of his injuries at the scene of the accident.
The FHP report did not include any additional information, but it was the second area fatality in a pedestrian accident in two days.
Florida a deadly state for pedestrians
Florida consistently ranks among the nation’s deadliest states for pedestrians. There are several possible reasons for this, including the state’s older population, wide roadways, year-round walkable weather, tourist-heavy areas and seasonal residents not being as familiar with the area.
Regardless, it is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to ensure the safety of everyone on the roadway. Pedestrians should only cross at crosswalks and when they have the right of way. Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and carefully scan the area to make sure the way is clear before they proceed.
Even if a pedestrian jaywalks, drivers may still bear some responsibility for accidents if they have sufficient time to notice and avoid them.
To learn more about your legal options if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver in a pedestrian accident, contact a trusted Sarasota, FL accident attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.