Pedestrian Killed After Getting Hit By 2 Vehicles
Crossing a busy street as a pedestrian can be a scary situation. It’s important to yield to other vehicles and make sure you have the right of way. Otherwise, you could end up an accident victim.
Sadly, this was recently the case in Gainesville, when a woman attempted to cross a busy road during rush hour. She was killed when she was hit by not one, but two, vehicles. The fatal accident happened on the morning of November 4 on Southwest Archer Road.
A woman walked into the eastbound lanes of Archer Road during rush hour. The vehicles had the green light when the driver of one vehicle did not see her in time. The 51-year-old driver veered to avoid her, but clipped her at a low speed. The pedestrian fell into traffic, causing the 55-year-old driver of a sedan to hit her as well. Both drivers called for help and remained at the accident scene until police could arrive.
The woman died from her injuries. Traffic was delayed for several hours as police investigated.
The accident happened two miles west of Interstate 75. Archer Road is a main thoroughfare in Alachua County. That intersection is particularly busy in the morning hours. A lot of drivers speed and cut off other drivers.
The pedestrian’s death marked the 11th fatal pedestrian accident in Alachua County so far this year. There were 12 fatal pedestrian crashes in the county last year.
Crossing a Busy Road Safely
On busy roads, drivers are not always looking for pedestrians. This is especially true during rush hour, when drivers have one goal in mind: to get to work. Pedestrians are often an afterthought.
Therefore, it is up to you, the pedestrian, to cross a busy intersection safely. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Cross at a traffic signal at an intersection.
- Do not step into the road until cars have stopped.
- Make sure you have a clear view of traffic.
- Carry a flashlight when crossing roads at night or in early mornings.
- Make yourself visible by wearing bright or reflective clothing.
Keep in mind that pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Drivers will not be able to always stop for them. If there is a green light, cars will be crossing the intersections, often at high speeds. Drivers should always do their best to stop for people and other hazards in the roadway. However, if a pedestrian is involved in a crash when they do not have the right of way, they will be held liable for any damages.
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When multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, injuries and fatalities are more likely to occur. Get the compensation you need for all your injuries.
The Gainesville car accident attorneys at Meldon Law can assist you after a serious car crash. If your insurance company won’t help you, we can. Schedule a consultation by calling (800) 373-8000 or filling out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.