Man Suffers Serious Injuries After Getting Hit By Car, Bus
Getting hit by a car can be a scary situation. Pedestrian crashes happen quite often, especially in Florida, where tourists usually get from place to place on foot. What can be more frightening than getting hit by one vehicle? Getting hit by two of them.
That’s right—a Florida man is recovering from serious injuries after he was hit by a car and then a school bus. The accidents occurred on the morning of September 17 at the intersection of American Boulevard and Texas Avenue in Orlando.
The 25-year-old man was crossing the intersection in a crosswalk when he was hit by a sedan. THe 34-year-old woman driving the sedan alleged that she swerved to the right to avoid hitting a vehicle at the intersection. When she swerved back into the left lane, she hit the pedestrian.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, a school bus heading to Oak Ridge High School then ran over the man as he was on the ground from the first accident. The man was hospitalized with serious injuries. He is currently in stable condition. Nobody else was injured in the accidents. However, the students on the school bus were transferred to a different bus and then transported to school. The woman driving the sedan faces charges for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Florida Pedestrian Laws
Pedestrians do have various legal rights in Florida. They should stay out of the street and use sidewalks when possible. When there are no sidewalks, pedestrians should walk on the left shoulder of the road and face oncoming traffic.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way when using a marked crosswalk to cross the street. This means drivers have an obligation to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road once they are already in a crosswalk. The driver must continue to stay stopped until the pedestrian is on the other half of the roadway. When the pedestrian is approaching from the other half of the roadway, the driver should remain stopped until the pedestrian is safely across.
Pedestrians need to be cautious as well. While the motorist should give the right of way to the pedestrian in most situations, pedestrians need to avoid negligent or reckless behavior on their part. This means pedestrians should not suddenly leave a curb and go out into the road. They also should avoid walking or running straight into the path of a vehicle, making it impossible for a driver to stop in time to avoid an accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Pedestrian accidents often lead to death. The man in this case is lucky to be alive after getting hit by not one, but two vehicles.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, seek legal help from the Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer at Moore Law. We can help you successfully sue the negligent driver and get the right amount of compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 813-510-5400 or filling out the online form.