Most people don’t think about accidents when taking part in their fitness activities. However, every year joggersget injured and killed in pedestrian-car accidents. Experienced joggers are typically aware of road safety but sometimes accidents are out of their control.
According to the St. Lucie County Fire District, a woman in her 50s was airlifted to the hospital after she was struck by a car around 7:40 a.m.on November 4. Authorities said the woman was jogging near the intersection at Southwest Pamona Street and Southwest Leisure Lane when a collision between two cars occurred at the intersection.
The impact forced one of the colliding vehicles to leave the roadway and hit the jogger before crashing into a pole. The jogger sustained serious injuries that were not life-threatening.
With the increase of the number of people jogging down busy roadways on Florida, the potential for joggers to be involved in accidents also increases. Dangers to joggers are compounded bydistracteddrivers, drunk drivers, and aggressive drivers who may strike joggers, especially when the visibility is minimal. Even in low-speed collisions, pedestrians are no match for vehicles, and may sustain catastrophic and even fatal injuries. Pedestrian accidents can leave joggers with mounting medical bills, lost wages, and high rehabilitation costs.
Pedestrians struck by vehicles may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses. In this particular case, the driver of the vehicle who failed to follow the rules at an intersection can be held liable for the pedestrian’s injuries. It should be investigated which of the two drivers involved in the collision acted negligently, such as failing to yield the right of way at an intersection, or running a red light.
The driver found to have caused the Port St. Lucie two-vehicle collision, which consequently injured the pedestrian jogging nearby, may be obligated to pay for the pedestrian’s injuries and losses. Injured joggers may discuss their case with a Florida personal injury attorney.