What are the Rights of Pedestrians Crossing the Street? Wrongful Death Cases in Florida

Pedestrian-Triangle-Sign-150x150In Jacksonville, Florida and other cities, drivers should be on the look out for pedestrians and bicyclists especially those who are young children.  Drivers should slow down in school zones, residential areas, crosswalks, and anywhere else there may be a child pedestrian or child bicyclist.  It should be noted that Florida is a comparative fault state.  As such, the injured child and / or parents of an injured child can bring a legal action for personal injuries or wrongful death even if the child may have been partially at fault for the incident or accident.  It should also be noted that children under the age of 6 years old cannot be held to be negligent or at fault as a matter of law in the State of Florida.

A recent tragedy was reported in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was reported that a child was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross a street with other children at the intersection of A1A and the Wonderwood Connector in Mayport – Jacksonville Florida.  It was reported by the local media that the driver continued through the intersection on a yellow light.  It was also reported that the child, who ultimately died as a result of the pedestrian – vehicle accident related personal injuries, was in the sixth grade. You can read more about this story at Boy Hit While Crossing the Street in Jacksonville, Florida (Mayport).

The wrongful death of a child has a ripple effect through the family, neighborhood, school, and community.  It is heartbreaking for the parents and extended family.  It is extremely upsetting for the school.  It can be quite a bewildering experience to have a friend / classmate sit in front of a student one day and then never to return because of a tragic pedestrian accident.

When there is a pedestrian or bicycle related fatality as a result of an automobile accident, the local police and / or Florida Highway Parol will conduct a full investigation as to the cause and preventability of the crash / incident in the form of a Traffic Homicide Report.  The details that are provided by a newspaper or media story are certainly quite general in nature and do not compare in any nature to the information obtained and documented in a Traffic Homicide Report

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, David Wolf is a child injury attorney, author, and advocate.  He is the author of 10 books including books that focus on child injury and child safety issues. He is the author of the book titled – When a Parent’s World Goes From Full to Empty – The Wrongful Death of a Child – What You Need to Know About The Florida Wrongful Death Act and the book titled – When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured – What Parents Need to Know After the Accident.  You can get both of these books for free. David Wolf handles personal injury and child injury cases through the State of Florida.

David Wolf provides a Free Consultation on all personal injury cases. Contact David Wolf today to find about your legal rights and recommended courses of action.