A Stop Sign is posted due to he traffic pattern and flow in a particular geographic area. It should also be noted that there should not be any ambiguities or doubts as to the purpose and function of a Stop Sign. Furthermore, it is clear that once a driver stops at a Stop Sign – he or she should diligently be on the look out for other traffic and then take whatever time is necessary to safely proceed through the intersection at issue. In Florida and other States, many automobile accidents occur due to the failure to obey speed limits and traffic signage. There is also a significant problem with Distracted Driving due to mobile phone use, Web Browsing, and Text Messaging. Many lives can be saved and many personal injuries due to Florida Automobile Accidents can be avoided by simply obeying and following the traffic signage like a Stop Sign and by being more attentive to traffic and weather conditions.
It was recently reported in Hastings, St. Johns County, Florida that four people were transported to a hospital. The intial news and media reports indicated that a pick up truck driver ran a stop sign. Due to fact that a death and serious personal injuries resulted from this Florida Automobile Accident, a full investigation including a Traffic Homicide Report will be completed by local law enforcement officials and / or the Florida Highway Patrol. Certainly, any time that a person dies as a result of a Florida Automobile Accident – it is tragic. Even more so if it is determined that that the automobile accident was avoidable with more attentive driving. It should be noted that with more attentive driving and patience – many such Florida motor vehicle crashes can be avoided.
When there is a motor vehicle crash, the personal injury victims are faced with a number of challenges and issues. It is important that the victims and families get support from their extended family, the neighborhood, churches and religious institutions, and others. The injury victims and families certainly deserve compassion in this time of need following a horrific traffic crash. It is also important for the injury victims and families to have legal representation early on in the process.
316.2065 (9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
As such, a bicyclist is essentially considered a pedestrian when operating a bicycle on a sidewalk and crosswalk. It is important for all drivers to be on the look out for bicyclists in the community whether the bicyclist / cyclist is a toddler, child, teen, adult, or competitive cyclist of any age. Florida weather permits bicycle riding year round. As such, drivers should always be on the lookout for cyclist at all times. Unfortunately, far too many bicyclist are injured every year due to the negligent driving of others and / or distracted driving of others.
In Florida, there is a common activity in every one of the 67 counties – children riding their bicycles. From toddlers on trikes to teens on mountain bikes and racers, children enjoy the freedom and exercise of riding their bicycles on and near Florida roads and streets. While it is a very enjoyable and normally healthy activity to participate in, it can also be quite dangerous. The truth is that the road is filled with drivers who are in a hurry and drivers who are distracted. Just a second of inaction or carelessness behind the wheel of a motor vehicle can have drastic and life altering effects on the child bicyclist. As such, it is vital that ALL DRIVERS be on the look out for the child bicyclist in the community. A child bicyclist can be seen in a variety of locations from the driveway to the neighborhood to busy streets and parking lots. Wherever you see a child bicyclist, SLOW DOWN and MAKE SURE that the child is not put in harm’s way. Safety awareness and attention are keys to protecting our children in the community who are bicyclists / cyclists.
If a child bicyclist is hit by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, the family of the child can pursue a legal case or claim on behalf of the injured child. There are four essential elements to prove in a Florida Bicycle Injury Case as follows:
Many automobile accidents in the State of Florida as well as the rest of the country result from a rear end crash or collision. In most crashes, the driver, who crashed into the vehicle in front of him or her, is at fault. There are some exceptions to this general rule if there is a sudden and abrupt stop by the vehicle in front. Section 316.0895, Florida Statutes – Following Too Closely provides that driver’s shall not follow another motor vehicle more closely than is reasonably prudent. On Florida streets, highways, and roads, drivers should have due regard of the speed of other vehicles, traffic, road conditions, and weather when driving behind other vehicles and / or when approaching other vehicles.
In the State of Florida, millions of students are transported via school bus on a daily basis. The typical school bus is yellow or orange in color and clearly visible to all other drivers on the roadway. When there is a school bus on the roadway, other drivers should pay due care and drive safely. Of course, this is simple common sense; however, it is important to stress the importance of driving carefully when driving near school buses. Our most precious “cargo” is on board in the form of school aged students. At times, there are crashes involving two or more school buses who are following each other on a school outing or during a transportation run. When school buses collide, the force can be quite intense and personal injuries can and do result from these crashes. There is no immunity per se from liability for school districts for the negligence of a school bus driver. This should not be confused with the legal term – “Sovereign Immunity”. When a person reads the term “Sovereign Immunity”, one may get the idea that a claim or case cannot under any circumstances be pursued against a government entity. The truth of the matter is that a case or claim can be pursued against a government entity like a school district when there is a school bus crash that is the fault of a school bus driver. “Sovereign Immunity” only means that there are certain notices and procedures to follow when pursuing a case or claim against a government entity. For instance, there is a required formal – technical 6 month notice that is required to be given to the school district. Furthermore, there are limitations as to the amount of compensation that can be recovered and there are restrictions or limitations on the attorney fees that can be charged by a Florida Child Injury Lawyer representing the injured child.