A man was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Florida after a car struck him. The pedestrian crash took place along U.S. Route 29. The individual who reportedly struck the pedestrian fled the scene after the accident.
Events leading up to the accident
Authorities reported that a man, 56, was walking along the highway. All of a sudden, an unknown car reportedly struck the pedestrian while traveling down the highway. Police said the car driver left the crash scene rather than stopping after a part of the car hit the pedestrian.
First responders transported the pedestrian to a nearby hospital. His condition was deemed critical there. Authorities continued to investigate the accident.
Legal recourse available following the accident
Florida police may eventually find the car driver believed to have caused the pedestrian crash. In this situation, the pedestrian may opt to file a personal injury claim against the car driver, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained in the accident. Liability must be established before the civil court hearing the case for a judge to decide the claim for damages.
If the car driver is arrested and criminally charged in connection with the hit-and-run pedestrian accident, proof of this may be presented in a related civil court proceeding to establish liability in the Florida accident. A successfully litigated personal injury claim might lead to damages to cover the pedestrian’s hospital bills and the loss of wages if the accident prevents him from returning to work for an extended period.