In Florida and some other states, public transportation buses often have bike racks on their front ends. A man who was about to board a bus in Junction City recently had no way of knowing that he was experiencing the final hours of his life when he secured his bicycle on the rack. Sadly, the man never got to take his seat on the bus because a vehicle suddenly careened across a traffic lane and struck the bus head-on, as well as the man who was caught in between the two vehicles. The driver of the vehicle also suffered personal injury.
The bicyclist was immediately transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. He later succumbed to his injuries. The motorist’s injuries were not life-threatening. Thankfully, no one else on the bus or in the vicinity was injured in the collision.
Preliminary investigations show that the driver of the car that struck the bus and the pedestrian may have been impaired. In fact, officials say he is expected to face criminal charges in connection with the incident. When a driver is deemed negligent for another person’s injuries, the recovering victim or immediate family member of a deceased victim may seek legal accountability against him or her.
Such incidents often result in catastrophic personal injury, which often proves fatal hours or days later. It is understandable that grieving loved ones of fatal accident victims may feel angry and frustrated for losing their family members in Florida collisions that were easily preventable. When criminal charges are filed against a negligent driver, a person filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim can use the fact as evidence to help substantiate his or her claim.