People who choose not to use a car to get around might decide to walk or ride a bicycle in getting from here to there. In Florida, given the predominately nice weather, it is a way to save money and keep in shape. That said, those who use alternative methods of transport might still find themselves injured in a car accident. When this happens, regardless of the circumstances, it is important to know how to pursue compensation through a legal filing.
An auto accident led to a pedestrian and a bicyclist being injured. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. as a 21-year-old woman in a Nissan Sentra tried to make a left turn in front of a semi-truck that was heading in the opposite direction. The truck slowed to avoid a crash and the Sentra was subsequently hit by a Jeep Wrangler that was being operated by a 33-year-old man. The Sentra then spun and hit another vehicle, followed by a light pole.
The Wrangler went directly toward and hit the pedestrian and the bicyclist. The male bicyclist, 24-years-old, was transported to the hospital via air and had life-threatening injuries. The male pedestrian, 45-years-old, was also hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The drivers of the Sentra and Wrangler were injured, but the injuries are not considered to be serious.
When there is a car accident and it involves people who are not in a vehicle, they are in a significantly more vulnerable position for serious injury and death. The aftereffects could result in a long hospitalization, the inability to work, rehabilitation, massive medical costs and even the need for assistance to perform the basic functions of life.
In this accident, the two men who were not in vehicles were hospitalized. Victims of auto-pedestrian car accidents, like these individuals, need to be aware of their legal rights and often need to take swift action to protect their right to collect compensation for their injuries.
Source: tampabay.com, “Pedestrian and bicyclist hospitalized after three-vehicle crash in Dunedin,” Dec. 30, 2015