An Arlington (Jacksonville Florida) Teenage Girl Hit By Car in Jacksonville

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On Monday afternoon a 13-year-old girl was injured after trying to cross the 4 lane University Blvd. near Jacksonville University.
At approximately 3:00 p.m., the girl was crossing University Blvd. heading east towards the Public Library and Gazebo Shopping Center. As she made her way across the roadway, a woman driving a Mazda Protege saw her and attempted to avoid hitting the girl by swerving the vehicle. The teenager’s body crashed into the windshield and subsequently hit the top of the vehicle.
The teenage girl survived, without life threatening injuries. Her condition has not been updated. The driver of the Mazda Protege was not cited for the accident.
Reports were unclear as to whether the girl was in a crossing in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. Florida law regarding pedestrians, requires pedestrians to cross in a road in a crosswalk, where available. If the girl was crossing at a crosswalk, then Florida law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians as soon as they are in individual’s foot is in the crosswalk. However, if there was not a crosswalk, then Florida requires that the pedestrian give-up the right-of-way to the oncoming vehicle.
Liability in pedestrian injury cases are not always clear cut. Each case should be evaluated on its own merits and facts. The use or lack of use of a crosswalk is not the only fact to evaluate in such cases.
Personal injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident are often serious and it is important to speak with a Florida personal injury attorney so you understand your rights and options. Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. understands your rights and can assist you with your legal needs.

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