On Sept. 11, an alleged hit-and-run driver struck an 18-year-old male pedestrian, leaving the teenager with multiple injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the early morning accident occurred near the Holiday intersection of Mile Stretch Drive and Ranchita Trail.
That is where an eastbound vehicle struck the pedestrian from behind and subsequently fled the scene without stopping, according to video footage from a nearby surveillance camera. Emergency personnel transported the pedestrian to Hudson’s Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for treatment of various injuries, including head injuries. Reportedly, the teenager is in critical but stable condition and is responsive.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol are reportedly investigating the accident. The identity of the alleged hit-and-run driver was not clear immediately following the incident.
As evidenced by this case, pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries, potentially affecting the victim’s bones, head and internal organs. While this particular case is still under investigation, in general, pedestrian accidents are oftentimes caused by reckless or negligent drivers. When that is in fact the case, the people who suffered injuries are judiciously advised to retain the counsel and resources of a personal injury attorney.
By filing a claim in civil court against the at-fault driver, injured pedestrians may seek restitution for the economic damages they suffered as a result of the incident and in connection with their injuries. These damages may include but are not limited to hospital bills, medical costs, expenses related to long-term rehabilitation and therapy and even lost wages. In order to be awarded financial compensation for such damages, victims and their personal injury lawyers must prove to a civil court that the at-fault driver deserves to be held liable for the accident, citing the driver’s recklessness or negligence.
Source: WFLA, “Hit-and-run driver sought in crash that injured Holiday teen“, September 13, 2014