A pedestrian was killed in an accident on the evening of Wednesday, May 5 in the southern part of Manatee County.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, an 80-year-old man from Sarasota was driving south in his sedan on U.S. 41 near a green traffic light at 69th Avenue West, just before 11 p.m. At that time, a 40-year-old man from Sarasota was trying to cross U.S. 41 from east to west, just north of that intersection.
The sedan collided with the pedestrian, causing fatal injuries to the pedestrian and minor injuries to the driver of the sedan, who was wearing a seatbelt.
When are pedestrians liable?
Pedestrians should avoid crossing the road unless they have the right of way. This typically means they are in a crosswalk, either crossing safely at a crosswalk where there is no signal or crossing with a signal at an intersection.
Drivers who have green lights should be able to reasonably expect they can proceed through an intersection. Still, there are some circumstances in which a driver may bear some liability even if the pedestrian was not crossing in a crosswalk. Drivers are still expected to notice pedestrians and other hazards in the road and avoid them if they have reasonable time to do so.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, it’s important to seek legal counsel immediately to discuss a potential injury claim. For more information about how to proceed with your case, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.