It is important for both pedestrians and drivers to be careful when approaching school bus stops, especially if they are clearly marked or the individual has previous knowledge of the bus stop location. For school bus stops that have flashing lights, crosswalks or bright signs, drivers are expected to slow down. Sadly, children continue to wind up victims in pedestrian accidents due to negligent or reckless drivers.
Under Florida State law, there are various provisions for children who have been injured near school bus stops, including the following:
- Children under 6 years of age cannot be considered negligent for their actions.
- For children 6 years of age and older, their actions in the accident will be evaluated and placed into consideration with the rest of the evidence surrounding the accident.
Additionally, Florida follows the policy of comparative fault for pedestrian and automobile accident liability. Even if the child who is 6 years of age or older is partially at fault for the collision, that does not mean that are not entitled to any recovery at all. It only means that they will only be entitled to a portion of the damages associated with the injuries or wrongful death.
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If your child was injured in an accident near a school bus stop, let Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. fight to protect their rights, no matter their age. We can seek to recover the maximum compensation possible, as we have 160 years’ combined experience and millions of dollars recovered for past clients.
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