Pedestrian Killed in Jacksonville Car Accident
A 16-year-old boy has been killed in a Jacksonville hit and run car accident. According to a News 4 Jax report, the fatal hit-and-run accident happened near the intersection of Lem Turner Road and Soutel Drive in Jacksonville. Officials say the teenager may have been near the intersection, but outside the crosswalk when crossing the road.
The driver struck him, posted a photo of the victim’;s bloodied body on the street on Twitter, and then drove away, according to the report. The driver involved in the hit-and-run accident later deleted his post, which read: “I jus killed a man.” But, many people saw the post and alerted the Jacksonville Sheriff’;s Office, as well as the FBI.
This tragic pedestrian accident raises questions about our right-of-way laws, as well as our responsibilities as licensed drivers.
First of all, this pedestrian accident appears to have taken place outside of a crosswalk. Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing the road at intersections and in crosswalks, but must yield the right-of-way to drivers when crossing the road outside a crosswalk. According to the News 4 report, the location of this crash is where pedestrians regularly attempt to cross without using a crosswalk.
Drivers have many legal and moral responsibilities regarding pedestrian safety. Under Florida Statute 316.130 (15):
“Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle and give warning when necessary and exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person.”
This means that drivers must make an effort to avoid pedestrians even when they are crossing the road at an unsafe location. Drivers must also remain at the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. Motorists must remain at the scene, call the police, and offer help to the injured parties.
An experienced Florida car accident lawyer can help injured hit-and-run victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options. Contact Farah & Farah today.
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