A senior at Timber Creek High School was recovering recently after being struck by a car as she walked to a school bus stop. The 17-year-old Orlando girl had just missed her bus and was walking across Mark Twain Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. to catch it at the next stop when she was struck by a white Honda S2000. She was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for treatment after the pedestrian accident, but her condition was not known at the time the Orlando Sentinel article was published. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said that the girl’s injuries did not appear to be serious.
The Florida Highway Patrol does not currently track the numbers of schoolchildren hit by vehicles while walking to school. However, a spokesperson for the FHP said, “We see more of these types of accidents in the morning hours than in the afternoon hours.”
Dark mornings prolonged during daylight-saving time make it more difficult for drivers to see kids walking to school. A 62-year-old Orlando man was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian for his involvement in the Orlando pedestrian accident. Police say that the man was not hurt in the accident but his car’s fender and windshield were damaged.
The police report says that the man hit the girl as she crossed Mark Twain Boulevard at Huckleberry Finn Drive, near Lake Underhill Road. A FHP trooper said, “It’s extremely dark out there at 6:30 in the morning. As she began to cross, [the driver] didn’t see her.”
But a witness to the accident said that the headlights on the Honda were on when the Orlando pedestrian accident occurred. Mark Twain Boulevard was closed for a time after the accident while law enforcement officials investigated the accident.
Florida has far too many pedestrian accidents each year and while the girl struck by the car in this story did not appear to suffer serious injuries, many others are not as fortunate. A pedestrian has no protection against a vehicle that disobeys a traffic signal, speeds in a school zone or fails to recognize a pedestrian’s right of way.
If you or a member of your family have been struck and injured or killed while walking, Orlando pedestrian accident lawyer James Cunningham may be able to help. He has practiced personal injury law exclusively since 1977. To schedule a free consultation with experienced Orlando pedestrian accident attorney James Cunningham, call his law offices today and get answers to your questions.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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