A Florida man who was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on July 16 has died. According to the report, the man received catastrophic injuries after a vehicle swerved and struck him as he was walking along the shoulder of the highway at around 1:30 p.m.
The 37-year-old driver was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe along U.S. Highway 98 when the accident occurred. According to several eyewitness reports, the driver stopped to check on the man before getting back into his vehicle and fleeing the scene of the crime. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police officers eventually found the driver and placed him in custody. He was charged with careless driving and leaving the scene of the accident, among other charges. Since the pedestrian has died, however, further charges are pending against the driver.
When someone is killed due to a car accident, the sudden loss can be emotionally devastating to the remaining family members. In this case, the family may have to find a way to cover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering in addition to funeral costs. If the individual was not at fault, the family may be entitled to compensation from the driver and the driver’s insurance company. However, many insurance agencies attempt to settle so that they can underpay the amount that the family may actually be entitled to.
An experienced Florida attorney may be able to help the family by investigating the evidence available from the accident to prove that the accused driver is liable for the accident. In addition, the attorney may also be able to show the extent of the injuries that the individual received when he was hit by the vehicle.
Source: Navarre Press, “Pedestrian struck in July 16 accident dies”, July 24, 2013