A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in Sarasota on U.S. 301 on the afternoon of Sunday, May 2.
According to police, the accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 301 and 21st street. The pedestrian’s condition was not immediately released. However, police had to block of the northbound section of the highway from 17th Street through Dr. Martin Luther King Way for several hours after the accident occurred to investigate.
Liability in pedestrian accident cases
Determining liability in pedestrian cases can be simple or complex, depending on the nature of the case.
Just as all drivers are expected to operate with reasonable care and safety while on the road, pedestrians are expected to do the same, which includes obeying jaywalking rules. Pedestrians who cross in crosswalks always have the right of way, unless the crosswalk is at an intersection controlled by a light and the light is green for traffic on the street the pedestrian is attempting to cross.
Even in cases in which the pedestrian jaywalks, though, a motorist could still be considered partially liable for any resulting accident and injuries if they had reasonable time and ability to notice the pedestrian and take proper evasive action. This is part of the driver’s responsibility to exercise reasonable care and safety while out on the roads.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, it is important to contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer to discuss your case as soon as possible. The team at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh is capable of handling your claim to deliver you a positive result.