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Florida Man Falls 30 Feet Off a Bridge After Blowout

August 6, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

An entire family was rocked by a sudden blowout on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Saint Petersburg. Their SUV immediately started to spin out and crossed several lanes of traffic before coming to a rest in the inside lane facing oncoming traffic. Luckily no one was injured, but their ordeal was not over.

Fearing for his family’s safety, the husband ordered his wife and daughter to flee while he stayed behind to change the tire on the SUV. With traffic coming straight on, there were several near misses and eventually one vehicle came too close. The man jumped back against the bridge’s barrier wall and lost his balance. He tumbled over the side and down 30 feet into the water below.

“I felt myself falling and I was like before I hit the water, then I knew I was in the water,” said the man as he described his ordeal. “I was going down… Something told me ‘you just got to fight.’” He swam 120 yards to a nearby pylon and held on while rescuers scrambled a boat. A safety officer was crossing the bridge when the accident happened and he was able to call in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for an immediate rescue.

Can An Attorney Help If I’m Injured In A Blowout Accident?

Disaster was averted, and the husband escaped the experience with only minor injuries, but the results of this situation could have easily turned for the worse. A blowout such as the one in this story could have caused this SUV to rollover or collide with another vehicle, and if that had happened, the lawyers of Colson Hicks Eidson are ready. Our lawyers have helped many victims through situations like these. To find out more about what recourse victims have after a blowout, visit our tire blowouts and rollover accidents sections.

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