Florida pedestrian injured in bus accident

A pedestrian was injured in a bus accident in Palm Harbor on February 12. The pedestrian, a 72-year-old woman from Palm Harbor, was injured as she was using a crosswalk.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the woman suffered critical injuries after she was run over by a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus as she used the east crosswalk at the Publix on East Lake Road. The driver of the bus, a 58-year-old St. Petersburg man, did not see the woman and hit her as he drove the bus north in the Publix parking lot. The woman was dragged by the bus for a while and was then trapped under the bus. The accident took place at about 4:00 p.m.

The woman was transported via air to Bayfront Medical Center. She was listed in critical condition. The driver of the bus received a citation for failing to use due care causing serious injury.

A pedestrian who is struck by a vehicle can suffer a serious personal injury, which might result in the victim needing medical care and time to recover as well as the resulting financial losses from missing work. In similar cases, where the driver of the vehicle is found at fault and the driver’s behavior is determined to be negligent, the victim might choose to file a personal injury claim. If the claim filed by the injured victim is successful, the victim might receive awards for damages for both economic and non-economic losses. An economic loss can include the expenses incurred by the victim for medical care and recovery as well as the income lost due to the victim missing work as a result of the experience. The non-economic losses might include the pain and suffering a victim might undergo in such a traumatic situation.

Source: Palm Harbor Patch, “PSTA Driver Cited in Pedestrian Crash”, Sherri Lonon, Feb. 13, 2015