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Pedestrian Dies in Crash with Poor Lighting

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Posted on July 29, 2013

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 10, 2013, Juan Guerrero was walking in the middle of Sweat Loop Road in Wimauma. He was struck by James Wink, who was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger westbound on Sweat Loop Road. Guerrero suffered fatal injuries, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office release shows.

There are not lights in the area of the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated 331 traffic crashes involving pedestrians in which 43 were fatalities last year, finding most of the fatalities – like the one here – occurring in poor lighting conditions, reported earlier this year.

“Nearly two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities involve a failure to yield on the part of the pedestrian,” Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a FHP public affairs officer said.

“As such, pedestrians should understand that Florida traffic law requires obedience to laws designed for the safety of all parties and most especially the pedestrian,” he added. “The use of pedestrian crosswalks, sidewalks and other similar roadway designs has been specifically engineered with pedestrian safety in mind.

“When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians should travel in a manner facing oncoming traffic and understand that especially in low-light conditions, drivers may not see or expect pedestrian traffic.”

Pedestrian traffic regulations are laid out in Florida Statutes, section 316.130.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver who didn’t follow the rules of the road, it cab be helpful to consult with a personal injury law firm like Vanguard Attorneys that can help protect your legal rights in a civil suit. If you would like a free case evaluation, contact us today.

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