Senior Citizen Hits Five Vehicles and a Pedestrian Left in Critical Condition
Volusia County, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol reported that on Monday, five vehicles, several shopping carts, and a pedestrian were hit by a 73-year old man.
According to the reports, the 73-year old man, Angel Rios Ruiz was trying to leave the Bravo supermarket parking lot on 2413 Enterprise Road, Orange City when instead of going forward, he reversed into a vehicle.
After hitting that one vehicle, he then tried to go forward and struck four other cars, a bunch of shopping carts and a 52-year old pedestrian from Deltona, according to Florida Highway Patrol Kim Montes.
As a result of the collision, the man was airlifted to the hospital because he suffered critical injuries.
Investigations are currently taking place, and charges are pending.
Top Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
While the condition of the 52-year old victim remains unknown, many victims every year are killed by these types of accidents. In fact, on an annual basis, more than 4,000 pedestrians will suffer a fatal fate, and an estimated 70,000 will end up in the hospital. The incident mentioned above may have occurred as a result of the age of the driver. The noticing of surroundings and the reaction time of senior citizens is considerably deteriorated at that age, which is extremely dangerous for both them and those around them.In that case, this would be tied to negligence because each driver has a duty of care that they must use while operating a vehicle, of which, Mr. Ruiz failed to provide. Not only did he hit one vehicle, but he also hit four more vehicles and a man. After having hit the first vehicle, his responsibility was to get out of his car. While the causes still remain unknown, these are some typical factors in the occurrence of pedestrian-vehicle collisions:
Crosswalks that are unmarked: This could lead to significant confusion for both driver and pedestrian. This would be considered a case that gets mitigated because an outside factor caused the accident.
Turning left: Many times, as pedestrians are crossing the walkway, some cars are turning left and fail to notice that they are passing. Also, pedestrians will cross at times when the traffic lights have not indicated them to.
Distractions-Electronics: This is a significant factor and cause for every type of vehicle accident. People are often entertained with their cell phones and forget to keep their eyes on the road. Just 2-seconds can mean life or death for a pedestrian.
Silent Vehicles: There are many vehicles that hardly make any noise, like battery-operated or hybrids. These vehicles have a 40% more chance to hit a pedestrian that does a regular vehicle because the pedestrian does not have enough time to get out of the way because they could not hear it coming beforehand.
The use of dark clothes: When walking at night, pedestrians should ensure that they have some sort of reflective clothing, especially if they intend on using dark clothing. Sadly, many pedestrians use dark clothing and do not provide sight for drivers. They are often struck because a vehicle could not see them in time to avoid them.
Alcohol consumption: Many drivers drive under the influence, placing their lives and the lives of others at risk. Pedestrians who are walking most often pay the price for this reckless action of intoxicated drivers. They are driving drunk and just happen to steer into a pedestrian that is walking along the street.
Older driver: Senior citizens are not young adults. They definitely do not have the same reflexes than they did when they were in their 20s. This case could be associated with that issue. Mr. Ruiz was 73-year old and hit reverse instead of forward. That wouldn’t be the first case where that has occurred. In fact, there have been many cases where parked vehicles put forward instead of reverse and end up inside the store.
What Must Be Established
No matter what form of an accident has occurred, whether it was a multi-vehicle collision or a pedestrian accident, the damages incurred as a result of someone’s negligent actions could be recovered if those actions were the cause of the crash to take place. When we refer to “negligence,” we mean that someone who was placed in that same situation would have reacted differently and could have avoided the accident to protect individuals from the risks that could arise. To show that negligence was present, the at-fault person, in this case, Mr. Ruiz, must show how he was negligent by the plaintiff. To establish that, one must look for these following elements:
- The defendant had a legal duty of care towards the pedestrian
The legal obligation that the defendant had was breached once he hit the pedestrian
The defendant hit the pedestrian which resulted in his critical condition
In pedestrian-vehicle accidents, it may be more than just the driver that is liable for the accident. Some of those instances include:
- The ones who are in charge of ensuring that the sidewalk parking lot and other areas are well-maintained
The pedestrian (negligence from the pedestrian is not trying to avoid the accident)
Statistics on Pedestrian Accidents
A sad occurrence is a pedestrian that is struck by a driver due to negligent factors. Without a doubt, a vehicle that hits a walking pedestrian is no other due to some sort of negligence or illegal activity. Not only does one have to be defensive while they are driving their vehicles, but they have to be careful as they are just walking down the road. These following statistics will show just how often these types of accidents occur:
- In the United States, there were 5,376 pedestrian-related deaths in the year 2015
For every 1.6 hours, there is a pedestrian accident that results in death
In 2015, non-fatal crash injuries accounted for 129,000 pedestrians who required treatment at the hospital
Surprisingly, there is a 1.5 time more likelihood that a pedestrian will be killed in an accident than would the driver of a vehicle
Those over the age of 65 are at the most risk of becoming victims of pedestrian accidents, accounting for 19% of deaths of all 13% of pedestrians that were injured in a given year
Most deaths occur during the nighttime and in urban areas
Pedestrians Are Covered by Professional Personal Injury Lawyers
Becoming the victim of a pedestrian accident is often deadly. A pedestrian does not have any exterior protection from a vehicle, especially if it is going at full force. The law firm of Percy Martinez places their prayers with the 52-year old man who remains in critical condition. Their thoughts go to the victim’s family and friends. No negligent action should be left undone. While the case may lead to mitigation or not, whatever settlement the victim deserves should be obtained. Do not wait, get in touch with your skilled personal injury attorney today. They will make a difference.