77-Year-Old Pedestrian Dies in Florida After Being Struck by Car in Largo
A 77-year-old man died last Thursday after being struck by a car while crossing the street in Largo. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was walking across Seminole Boulevard on the evening of September 6 when he stopped at the center divide. He then stepped in front of the path of a 2006 Honda Civic as he tried to cross the northbound lane. The elderly pedestrian fell onto the hood of the car and then onto the ground. He was declared dead at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The 22-year-old driver of the Honda stopped at the accident scene, and no charges were filed. Although there are pedestrian-related deaths and injuries that do occur because the pedestrian was at fault, there are also many pedestrians accidents that occur on Florida’s roads every year because of driver negligence or carelessness. A 2005 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration survey singled out Florida as the deadliest state for pedestrians. The NHTSA cited 3.24 deaths for every 1,000 residents. Last year, 29 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in Pinellas. 465 pedestrians sustained injuries in motor vehicle-related crashs. 112 of the pedestrians that were injured had been using crosswalks, as had 5 of the pedestrians that died. Although a pedestrian cannot prevent a bus driver, car driver, or motorcyclist from exercising caution on the roads, there are safety measure that a person crossing the street can take to lower the chances of becoming the victim of a pedestrian accident. The Federal Highway Administration offers the following “crossing rules” for pedestrians: • Always use a marked crosswalk when one is available. The bright white lines of a crosswalk remind motorists to look out for pedestrians. • STOP at the CURB, edge of road, corner or parked vehicle before proceeding across. • Look left-right-left, and if it's clear, begin crossing. • Continue to check for traffic in all directions, especially for vehicles turning "Right-on-Red. • If there is traffic, make eye contact with the driver/s so they see you, understand your intention, and STOP before you start to cross. Crossing Advice for Pedestrians, FAA Related Web Resources: At The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A., P.A. we represent personal injury clients that have been injured in pedestrian accidents and other kinds of traffic collisions involving cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles in Florida where another party was negligent. Our law offices are conveniently located in Hollywood, Naples, and Miami Beach, Florida. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. for your FREE consultation today.