A young woman who was out for a night run with friends was struck and killed by a car in Florida. The accident underscores some of the dangers that joggers and runners face when forced to run near traffic, especially after dark.
According to local news sources, the running group was passing through an intersection at the time of the crash. It is unclear exactly how many people were in the group, but it does appear that only one girl suffered injuries. Tragically, those injuries were fatal. Police determined she had passed away at the accident scene. They also noted that she was a Florida State student.
Intersections are often where these crashes occur. Though the specifics of this accident were not released, it is possible for a driver to make a left or right turn while the pedestrian has the light to cross. Technically, the driver needs to wait and yield the right of way to that pedestrian, but many drivers do not. They may get caught up staring at oncoming traffic, for instance, waiting for their chance to turn, and never even check the crosswalk.
In no way does this shift the fault to the pedestrian, but it does serve as a warning for runners. They always need to be aware and alert. They need to assume that drivers are going to make mistakes. These accidents happen all the time and pedestrians face extreme risks since they have no protection.
If you get injured in an accident or lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident with a negligent driver, be sure you know what legal options you have. Compensation may not fix everything, but it can make it easier to move forward.