An accident near downtown Miami occurred Saturday night when a black Ford SUV, going the wrong way on Southwest Fourth Street slammed into a Ford Bronco, which then slammed into a man, who was standing on the sidewalk.
The Bronco pinned the unnamed man against a wrought iron fence, severing both of the man’s legs. The Miami Herald reported that the man, in his 30s, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious condition, and that, after the SUV collided with the Ford Bronco, neighbors came running out and a brawl erupted. It’s unclear why the argument broke out.
Authorities are investigating what happened. Seven other people were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with injuries suffered in the melee. In addition, two people were arrested for obstructing the paramedics, who were helping the injured.
In 2007, more than 7,000 pedestrians were injured in Florida, and more than 500 were killed. Just as in many car accidents, the primary cause of car-pedestrian accidents and injuries is driver inattention.
Pedestrians who are hit by cars may be able to collect insurance money for their medical bills from their own insurance (under PIP), if they have car insurance or live with someone who has car insurance. If they do not have car insurance, the personal injury protection of the person who hit them typically covers their expenses.
In addition to the above benefits, a Miami Personal Injury Lawyer can help an injured pedestrian seek monetary compensation for their injuries, future medical care, and future lost wages.