I have to admit that I was disgusted (but not surprised) to read on the WFTV website tonight about another automobile versus pedestrian accident in Central Florida resulting in a wrongful death. Apparently, a man was trying to cross John Young Parkway near Sand Lake Road in Orlando a couple of nights ago, when he was unfortunately hit by a car. As the pedestrian lay in the roadway, an unidentified S.U.V. came along and ran over his body — but the driver of the S.U.V. never stopped.
As I have recently discussed, automobile versus pedestrian accidents are becoming all to commonplace in Central Florida. However, what really gets my blood boiling is when I hear or read that a driver has fled the scene after one of these accidents. Whenever I think about the experience of what it must be like to be hit by a car or to hit somebody with my car, I ask myself, “How could that person just leave the pedestrian lying in the road, either dead or dying?”
As an Orlando accident attorney, I have seen the anguish of family members wondering what was going through their loved one’s mind as they lay in the road – alone – dying. I hope to never see it again…
When a negligent driver leaves the scene of an accident, it obviously makes it very difficult to hold the responsible person liable for the damages he or she has caused. However, not knowing the identity of the negligent driver does not necessarily mean there can be no recovery of damages. Many times Uninsured Motorist benefits can be accessed to compensate the injured pedestrian or his family.
If you have any questions regarding a Florida hit-and-run accident, call this Orlando car accident lawyer Kim Cullen at 407-644-4444.