Police say pedestrian was crossing the street at mid-block
Earlier this month, a pedestrian accident on Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach left a 45-year-old man seriously injured.
West Palm Police say that the man was crossing the street on Thursday, April 21 at mid-block when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old motorist. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center and was in critical but stable condition as of the next morning.
The driver of the car was not injured in the accident.
Pedestrian accidents are fairly common in West Palm and throughout Palm Beach County, and they can be exceptionally dangerous. Thanks to the beautiful Florida weather, many people choose to run errands and go about their days on foot, leaving them vulnerable in the event of an accident.
Ways to stay safe on the road
Some of the most common factors in pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted Walking and Driving: Texting while walking and texting while driving causes thousands of accidents every year. Anything that takes a motorist's or pedestrian's eyes off the road can increase the odds of a collision.
- Failure to Use Designated Paths: Whenever possible, pedestrians need to use marked crosswalks and sidewalks. If it is necessary to cross a road where there is no marked crosswalk, it is the pedestrian's responsibility to look both ways and yield to vehicles in the roadway.
- Failure to Yield: On the other hand, a pedestrian in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk has the right of way. Motorists need to slow down when pedestrians are in the area and be prepared to stop at crosswalks.
In Palm Beach County and throughout Florida, many pedestrian accidents involve out-of-state drivers and visitors who may be looking at a map or GPS device instead of watching the road itself. Others involve inexperienced drivers, as was the case in the accident on Parker Avenue.
Both motorists and pedestrians share a responsibility to share the road - but when either party fails in that responsibility, it's the pedestrian who is most at risk. Pedestrian accidents often leave the pedestrian critically injured while the driver of the vehicle is not hurt at all. Fatalities are also unfortunately common for pedestrians who are struck by cars.
Pedestrians injured in accidents can face serious legal challenges as well, as it's often unclear which insurance companies are involved and liable for damages. In some cases, an insurance company will even argue that the pedestrian caused the accident that led to his or her serious injury. If you've been hurt as a pedestrian, you need strong legal representation.