In a wake up call for pedestrians throughout the State of Florida, a man from Davie, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, died after being involved in a truck accident this past weekend. The pedestrian was attempting to cross West Stirling Road when he was hit by an SUV.
According to the Davie Police Department, who investigated the evening truck accident, the pedestrian, who was wearing dark colored clothing, was not walking within the marked cross-walk. The pedestrian was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, and later pronounced dead.
In our practice we see these types of deadly results too often. Unfortunately, many pedestrians wrongfully believe that drivers will automatically yield to them, regardless of where they are crossing the road. We urge all pedestrians and bike riders to be mindful of vehicle traffic, and further urge them to obey all traffic control devices and use marked cross-walks, which are purposefully intended to warn drivers of people possibly crossing a roadway.