Four cyclists injured in South Florida car crash

On the morning of Saturday, Dec. 22, four cyclists traveling on U.S. Highway 27 in Weston, Fla., were injured in a car accident. The victims were part of a group of bicyclists that was hit by a car. The collision resulted in the closure of U.S. 27 to allow for a helicopter to remove one of the injured cyclists to the nearest hospital. The three other bicyclists also had injuries that required hospitalization. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

The driver of a motor vehicle has an obligation to operate that vehicle in a manner that does not injure others on a road. Under Florida law, the owner of a vehicle may be responsible for injuries caused even if he was not driving. Many accidents are caused by inattentive or careless driving, such as texting and driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, especially to bicyclists or pedestrians.

Victims of a car crash may experience lost wages due to time absent from work, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses such as prescription costs, or pain and suffering. Those who become disabled as a result of the accident may incur ongoing expenses for the rest of their life. The spouse or dependent child of a person who is injured or killed in a car crash may suffer losses not only emotionally but financially as well due to the possible lost income for the family. Victims of motor vehicle accidents can discuss the specific facts of their case and the possibilities that they may have for compensation with a personal injury attorney.

Source: First Coast News, “Car crash sends 4 cyclists to Weston hospital,” Associated Press, Dec. 24, 2012

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