A young man died Monday morning following an Alachua County car crash. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s accident report, the automobile accident happened at the intersection of Northwest County Road 231 and Northwest 156th Avenue. The victim, a 21 year old, was traveling east on Northwest 156th towards the intersection with 231.
At some point, the driver drove into the northbound travel lanes of Country Road 231, where his vehicle collided with a second vehicle traveling on 231 towards Northwest 156th Avenue. The second car collided into the passenger side of the 21 year-old’s car, killing him at the scene. The second driver was taken to Shand’s Medical Center, although according to the Florida Highway Patrol he did not suffer any injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.
This case, although tragic, serves as an excellent example of what one should always immediately do if involved in a car accident. Here, even though the Florida Highway Patrol says he did not suffer any injuries, the second driver nonetheless went to the hospital for treatment. This is the Golden Rule of automobile accidents. Even if you don’t think you are injured, always seek medical attention.
Suppose the second driver didn’t go to a doctor. Several weeks later he started feeling a pain in his lower back that, as it grew worse, prevented him from performing basic tasks. It also made it difficult for him to work, so he took several weeks off to rest, for which he wasn’t paid. As the pain continued, he went to a doctor and a physical therapy, and later needed surgery – all of which costs money that he didn’t have.
Now, according to the law, this diver has the right to file a suit to be compensated for these injuries. But how do we know they were actually caused by the accident? After all, he didn’t ‘feel anything’ at the accident, and the police report even says he wasn’t injured. This makes this driver’s lawsuit much more difficult. If he had just gone to the doctor he would at least have evidence, much more credible than that of the police, and would likely be able to recover the compensation he deserves.
To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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