A tragedy recently occurred on a Florida highway involving a vehicle and a person walking along the road. The accident took place on the Florida Turnpike on a recent Saturday night in Osceola County. The tragic crash resulted in the loss of one life. No other personal injury was reported.
According to available reports, a 27-year-old man was on the road after his own vehicle had become disabled. A 42-year-old woman was reportedly driving a sports utility vehicle on the same road and hit him. She is not reported to have suffered any injuries in the accident.
A medical examiner reported that the man did not survive being struck by the vehicle. Authorities continue to investigate the tragic accident. It has not been reported whether any charges are pending, thus far, in this case.
When pedestrians in Florida have been struck by motor vehicles in other accidents, personal injury or death has sometimes resulted. State law allows compensation to be sought even if a pedestrian is deemed partially at fault regarding where or why he or she was walking on a particular road. Though recovery of damages might be reduced according to the percentage of fault attributed to the pedestrian, a victim or surviving family member (in cases of death) may still file a claim in a civil court. Doing so, of course, does not make up for the loss of life of a beloved family member, but, in a successfully litigated case, awarded compensation could be used to help pay for funeral expenses or other costs associated with an accident.
Source: orlandosentinel.com, “Troopers investigating fatal accident on Florida’s Turnpike“, David Harris, July 18, 2015