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Fort Lauderdale Beach Accident Highlights Likelihood for Car and Pedestrian Accidents

February 23, 2011

On Monday morning, two tourists walking on A1A were hit by the Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley. One of the tourists, Alan George Acheson, suffered leg, chest and neck injuries and was immediately transported to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. The driver of the Sun Trolley was cited for failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians that were in the crosswalk. The Sun Trolley is privately owned by a limousine company and is under contract to transport tourists up and down A1A in Fort Lauderdale.

State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale has a dangerous mixture of hundreds of pedestrians, crosswalks that are not well marked, and a lot of drivers who are more interested in taking in the sights and sounds of the beach rather than driving carefully. Although some of the crosswalks have small signs which says traffic is to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, most drivers ignore the signs and the pedestrians.

Pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 316.130, the driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk. It appears the driver of the Trolley failed to obey this statute.
This section also provides that the driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk..

Fort Lauderdale accident injury lawyer Joseph M. Maus is a native of Fort Lauderdale and has represented many pedestrians injured in crosswalk accidents. “The problem is that drivers are just too concerned with getting to where they are going, and driving too fast, to safely watch for pedestrians trying to cross the road. Add in all the scenery there is to watch at the beach on A1A, and the number of tourists walking in the area, and it is only a matter of time before you have a serious car/pedestrian accident.”

Maus previously represented a Canadian woman that was walking through a crosswalk in Fort Lauderdale on A1A. The woman walked out past a tractor trailer that had stopped to allow her to cross the street. As the woman walked into the second lane, a car swerved out from behind the stopped tractor trailer, and drove right over the Canadian tourist.

“The City of Fort Lauderdale had to do a better job of marking the crosswalk areas, and enforcing the traffic laws” Attorney Maus says. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before the next pedestrian on A1A gets hit.

For more information about Fort Lauderdale accident injury claims, contact Fort Lauderdale accident injury lawyer Joseph M. Maus at (954) 784 6310 or log on to http://www.mauslawfirm.com.

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