Crossing a street should not be a dangerous activity, but an unfortunate number of individuals are hurt and killed each year when reckless and negligent drivers fail to uphold their duties to act reasonably. Just recently a 46-year-old man lost his life while he was attempting to cross State Road 60 in Mulberry, Florida.
Anywhere that automobiles and pedestrians cross paths there is the chance that accidents may occur. When a car or other motor vehicle collides with a person, the individual on foot often suffers serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries. In Florida, drivers have a duty to act reasonably when behind the wheels of their cars to prevent these often tragic situations.
It is not uncommon for a Florida driver to have this frustrating experience. After parking their vehicle and going into a store or restaurant, they return to their automobile only to find that someone hit them and caused their car damage. Even if the damage is minor, they may be further angered by the fact that the responsible party drove off without leaving their contact information or a note.
Pedestrians are a common sight in Florida, especially when the weather is pleasant, as it is much of the year in the Sunshine State. Moreover, many major cities in the state aim to be pedestrian-friendly. Pedestrians have every right to be out and about.
As readers of this blog know, we have been following the Florida Legislature's efforts to toughen the state's laws which prohibit distracted driving. Since 2013, texting and driving has been illegal in Florida, but police are only allowed to write a ticket if they have evidence of another traffic violation.
To follow up on a previous post from late February, a committee within the Florida Legislature has moved forward with a tougher measure designed to further prevent distracted driving in this state.
Especially since they are places known to experience lots of foot traffic and bicycle traffic, pedestrian accidents are fairly common in and around the schools of the greater Tampa area.
A man in St. Petersburg suffered what police called life-threatening injuries as we crossing the street in the city, which most readers recognize as part of the greater Tampa Bay area.
It is a sad fact, but the number of deaths due to hit and run accidents has been on the rise over the last decade. In fact, the 2,046 recorded deaths due to hit and runs in 2016, which is the most current statistic, was the highest since the government started tracking this number in 1975.
Most residents of the greater Tampa area probably think that teenage drivers pose a higher risk on the road than drivers with more experience.