In 2012, 76,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes involving motor vehicles in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Sadly, a Florida man who was simply sitting on a bench was injured in a car accident recently, according to WSVN-TV. The crash happened around 4 p.m. in Pinecrest near Dixie Highway.
The Pinecrest Police told WSVN-TV that the 60-year-old victim, who was believed to be homeless, was sitting on a bench in front of a restaurant prior to the wreck, which happened when a car jumped the curb and hit him. Witnessed reported that the man’s head went into the window of the restaurant when the car struck him.
The car reportedly crashed into the front of the restaurant before it finally stopped. As a result of the wreck, the 60-year-old man’s legs were broken and he had to be airlifted to the hospital.
The driver claimed her brakes stopped working, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. The police tested her car’s brakes but have not yet released the results of the test. The investigation was still ongoing at the time of this report.
The layout of the strip mall in which the accident occurred was also cited as a possible factor in the wreck.
“Unfortunately, with these strip malls, the way they are set up, you know, a slight accident could have some devastating effects,” Pinecrest Police Major Jason Cohen told WSVN-TV.
Who Can I Call If I Am Hurt in a Car Accident?
To learn more about the steps you should take if you or a loved one is in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle, give us a call to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.
Colson Hicks Eidson – Injury Attorneys