Category Archives: Pedestrian Injuries

Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Attempting a Left Hand Turn?

Making a turn may seem like a simple, mundane driving task. However, many traffic crashes occur because of drivers who make incorrect, illegal, and / or unsafe turns. Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.122 – Vehicle Turning Left, drivers turning or intending to turn left must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles lawfully passing on the left of the turning vehicle. Below are some tips Florida Drivers should follow when making or attempting to make turns, especially left-hand turns: 1. Use your turn … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Approaching a Stop Intersection?

Pursuant to >Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.123 – Vehicle Entering Stop of Yield at Intersection, a Florida driving approaching posted stop or yield must, in obedience with such sign, slow down to a reasonable speed for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop their vehicle before entering the crosswalk or intersection. In Florida car accident cases, as a general rule, any car that is approaching an intersection or crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle or pedestrian that is already in or at the intersection. – If … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver at a Four Way Stop Intersection?

Pursuant to >Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.123 – Vehicle Entering Stop of Yield at Intersection, a Florida driving approaching posted stop or yield must, in obedience with such sign, slow down to a reasonable speed for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop their vehicle before entering the crosswalk or intersection. In Florida car accident cases, as a general rule, any car that is approaching an intersection or crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle or pedestrian that is already in or at the intersection. – If … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Approaching a Yield Sign?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.123 – Vehicle Entering Stop of Yield at Intersection, a Florida driving approaching posted stop or yield must, in obedience with such sign, slow down to a reasonable speed for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop their vehicle before entering the crosswalk or intersection. In Florida car accident cases, as a general rule, any car that is approaching an intersection or crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle or pedestrian that is already in or at the intersection. Below are … Continue reading

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Automobile Accident on Powers Avenue (Jacksonville, Florida) Leads to Death and Personal Injuries

A man who was recently killed after he was struck by a BMW has been identified by Jacksonville, Florida, police as 42-year-old Samir Masil. Masil was killed after he was hit by a BMW driven by 18-year-old Amer Osmanovic. The incident occurred at the intersection of Powers Avenue and Toledo Road. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Osmanovic was driving his BMW south on Powers Avenue a little after 6:00 p.m. when he veered off the road, hit a pole, spun out of control and eventually collided with three people, a parked vehicle and a food stand. The food stand … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Legal Duty of a Driver Approaching a Flashing Red Light?

When a flashing red signal is illuminated, Florida drivers have a to stop at a clearly marked stop line. If no stop line exists, drivers must stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, then drivers must stop at the point nearest the intersection roadway before entering the intersection. The right to proceed through the intersection is subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign. Florida Statute section 316.076 – Flashing Signals. However, this provision of sec. 316.076 does not apply at railroad-highway grade crossings; the … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver of an Animal Drawn Vehicle?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.073 – Applicability to Animals and Animal-Drawn Vehicles, all Florida drivers of an animal-drawn vehicle upon a Florida roadway are subject to the provisions of Chapter 316 applicable to drivers of standard vehicles, except those provisions which by there nature can have no applications. Also, all the provisions of Chapter 316 applicable to pedestrians, except sec. 316.130(3), apply to any person riding or leading an animal upon a roadway or shoulder thereof. An “animal-drawn vehicle” is typically a mechanized piece of equipment pulled by one … Continue reading

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Baker County Florida Children Hit by Car Walking to Summer School

Two children were struck by a car while walking to summer school in Baker County, Florida. Kristen Connell, 12-years-old, and her younger brother Sean, 11 years-old, were struck by a Ford Focus as they crossed the street of Highway 121. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Tara Nunley was on her way to work at the Department of Corrections. Both the Florida Highway Patrol and Baker County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the accident and have not filed any charges. Both children were critically injured from the pedestrian-automobile accident. Kristen was taken to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital for evaluation and … Continue reading

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Disturbing Hit and Run Accident Causes Fatal Injuries to Good Samaritan (James Michael Ledford)

Good Samaritan James Michael Ledford, 34, was tragically killed as a result of a hit- and- run automobile / pedestrian accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Ledford was riding in a pickup truck on State Road 415, south of Osteen when a motorcycle crossed the centerline and crashed into his vehicle. After the initial crash, Ledford quickly got out of his vehicle to check on the motorcyclist trapped under the truck, who later died. Ledford was then struck by a fast approaching vehicle that swerved to miss the truck but hit him instead. The driver of the vehicle … Continue reading

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Dangers to Pedestrians in Metropolitan Areas – Orlando and Other Florida Cities

From 2000 through 2009, federal highway records show that 47,501 pedestrians have died on the nation’s roads. In addition, Orlando, Florida has consistently ranked among the deadliest cities in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists. 67-year-old Jack Courture was struck by an SUV when he attempted to cross Colonial Drive at Maguire Boulevard by Orlando Fashion Square. He sadly died two days later. Mighk Wilson, a smart-growth planner at MetroPlan (a regional agency that sets transportation policy) said that Couture may not have seen the SUV, or he may have underestimated its speed. Mighk added that it is a very … Continue reading

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