People across the country are constantly distracted by their cellphones in some way, whether it be by a text, social media or a simple phone call. While this constant level of distraction is not normally a problem, other than being slightly frustrating, this can quickly change if the distracted individual is behind the wheel of a car. In Florida, a young man suffered a personal injury after being hit by a driver who was distracted by his cellphone.
Earlier this month, on the evening of April 3, a 17-year-old jogger was running along the side of a street when he was struck by a pickup truck. He was seriously injured in the crash, but the driver of the truck that hit the boy fled the scene soon after. Witnesses say that the driver drove through a yard and ran into a parked van. Eventually, the teenager was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to his face and skull as well as a sprained ankle.
The pickup driver was located after an anonymous tip led authorities to the damaged vehicle. Later, it was discovered that the driver had left town, but had admitted to his wife over the phone that he had hit a person with the car while fumbling with his cell phone and intended to turn himself in, a confession which he later confirmed when he was contacted by police. When the driver arrived back in the city, he was arrested. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in serious injury, leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in property damage, as well as tampering with evidence.
Many people are unable to resist checking or using their phones while driving. Accidents caused by distracted drivers can be just as devastating as those caused by impaired drivers. Anyone in Florida who has suffered a personal injury as the result of another individual’s negligence may benefit from consulting with an attorney. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, property damages and other financial losses.
Source: miamiherald.com, “Arrest made in hit-and-run that seriously injured teenage jogger“, Madeleine Marr, April 10, 2018