A 48-year-old Hudson man died Friday after he apparently walked into the path of a SUV on U.S. 19.
The Florida Highway Patrol claims the man walked into a northbound lane of U.S. 19 just before noon and was struck and killed by a Dodge Durango.
Authorities have yet to determine why the man walked in front of the vehicle, but they believe the man was under the influence of alcohol.
He was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died from his injuries.
The Spring Hill driver of the Dodge Durango was not injured and not at fault for the accident, according to FHP.
In general, most people tend to think that pedestrians cannot be at fault for a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident. However, this is simply not true. In fact, both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care when traveling down roads or highways. Any driver or pedestrian who fails to err on the side of caution can be found negligent if their actions cause or contribute to a traffic accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, time and day of the week are very important factors in motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents. In 2008, 38 percent of pedestrian car accidents occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Another 48 percent of pedestrian car fatalities happened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Another major contributing factor of pedestrian auto accidents is the consumption of alcohol, by either the pedestrian or driver. Interestingly, 48 percent of traffic accidents in 2008 that resulted in pedestrian fatalities involved intoxicated drivers or pedestrians. Of these tragedies, 36 percent involved pedestrians above the legal limit of .08, while only 13 percent of motorists were over the legal limit.
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