Hit-and-run accidents are serious matters than can lead to an unprecedented amount of stress and confusion for individuals involved in such an accident. When a driver leaves the scene of a car accident, there can be a delay in the time it takes for injured individuals to receive medical attention if there are no other parties around to call for help. The ensuing legal situation of a hit-and-run can also become complicated as a driver could face criminal charges and victims or families of victims may consider civil claims of their own.
A situation in Florida recently resulted in two bicyclists being struck by a vehicle. It was reported that the cyclists were in the designated bike lane when they were hit by a 21-year-old driver. The driver initially left the scene, but he returned later. The driver reportedly stated that he had looked down to change a song when the collision occurred.
One of the bicyclists was declared dead at the site of the accident, and the other cyclist was transported from the scene in serious condition. At this time, authorities believe that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred. He is currently facing charges for DUI, manslaughter and other allegations.
While the car accident itself is tragic due to the death and serious injuries that resulted, it is even more harrowing to think that it could have potentially been prevented. If the driver had not been drinking or distracted while driving, the vehicle may not have crossed into the bicycle lane. The injured party and the deceased victim’s family may wish to stay up-to-date with the criminal case for the driver, and they may also wish to conclude whether civil claims could be right for their situation in order to pursue compensation for damages permitted under Florida law.