When pedestrians are present, it is essential that drivers slow down and watch out for them. In Panama City, the warm weather and tourist-laden atmosphere make it more likely that pedestrians will be nearby and could step into the roadways.
Unfortunately, some drivers don’t pay attention to what’s happening around them due to distractions, and others are impaired or intoxicated. Those actions could lead to serious pedestrian-versus-car crashes, many of which may turn fatal.
Take for example this case in Panama City from early January. A young man, 22, was struck and killed while visiting a local Panama City Beach. It was around 11:50 p.m. when he was struck while attempting to cross Thomas Driver by a 24-year-old driver from Alabama. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 22-year-old man from Minnesota did not survive the incident.
The accident is being investigated
The accident above is still being investigated, but it’s a good idea to talk about some of the reasons that crashes like this might happen. Both pedestrians and drivers have the responsibility of staying sober and following the traffic laws.
Drivers have a greater burden because their mistakes could end up taking a life. Drivers sometimes cause these collisions due to:
- Making a right-hand turn without checking a crosswalk
- Failing to stop for a red light
- Failing to signal that they’re changing lanes or turning
- Speeding or trying to pass slower vehicles
Regardless of the cause, if you or someone you love is hurt or killed in a crash, the toll it can take on your family can be immense, both emotionally and physically. An experienced advocate can help you obtain the compensation you need to move forward.