A tragic accident occurred in Dunedin, Florida on Saturday evening when a 79-year-old woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing the street with the help of another 47-year-old pedestrian. The incident serves as an important reminder to take extra caution when crossing any roadways, especially for those who may be more vulnerable such as seniors or children.
It is essential to look both ways before entering a crosswalk, and if possible it is best to wait until there are no cars in sight before attempting to cross. Additionally, pedestrians should always try to use designated crosswalks whenever available and wear bright colors that will make them more visible during nighttime walks. Finally, never assume that drivers can see you – always stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times!
One might ask if a pedestrian is ever held responsible for an accident?
It is normally expected of individuals to abide by traffic regulations. If a pedestrian behaves in such a way that it causes an unavoidable accident for the motorist, then they can be held accountable. Some common issues pedestrians are responsible for causing during vehicle-pedestrian collisions include:
- Trespassing on pathways closed off to pedestrians
- Disregarding traffic signals
- Crossing streets in places other than the designated crosswalks
- Running across busy roads without regard for vehicles and traversing city sidewalks while intoxicated are all considered serious offenses.
Responsibility, in the accidents of such cases, can shift to the pedestrian and the driver may even ask for appropriate compensation from them legally, in certain circumstances. We express our deepest condolences to the victim and their family. We also hope that everyone can stay safe on the road by being extra vigilant when crossing and driving on any road.
If you or someone you know has been affected by a bicycle or pedestrian accident, don’t wait – contact us today at Beltz & Beltz to learn more about our services and what we can do for you!