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Do pedestrians have the right of way in Florida?

by | Jun 9, 2021

Yes, in general Florida law grants that pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the street. However, pedestrians give up the right of way if they cross the street outside of a designated crosswalk.

This is somewhat of an oversimplification of the full set of Florida’s pedestrian statutes (Section 316.130, Florida Statutes). The nuances of the provisions are key, and the rules are in place not only to help keep pedestrians safe but also to reduce potential liability on a pedestrian’s part for any accidents. Disobeying one or more of these pedestrian laws could result in physical harm and in a more difficult path forward for your pedestrian accident lawsuit. If the driver’s defense attorney can show that you were violating one of these laws, then you can be held partly liable for the accident that occurs as a result, which then decreases your total compensation.

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