Boy crossing road on bike hit by car, in critical condition
It is unfortunate that drivers need to be constantly reminded to be wary of small children playing and riding bikes near roads. While most drivers are vigilant and aware of their surroundings, unfortunately there are still too many accidents involving children.
One such car accident that happened in Orlando this week has left a 9-year-old boy in critical condition after he was hit by a car while riding his bike. According to police, the boy and his mother were crossing Orange Blossom Trail near the intersection with Wakulla Way when a northbound car being driven by a 19-year-old male hit the boy.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the boy and his mother were not using a crosswalk when the accident happened, but it was likely that they were near one since they were close to an intersection.
According to the teen driver, he hit his brakes but did not have enough room to stop in time. The boy was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, and no further update on his condition was available.
According to police, charges are pending in the accident. Presumably police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident. According to Florida law, pedestrians crossing outside of a crosswalk are expected to yield to vehicles, but it is unknown if the driver was speeding or violating any other traffic laws.
The family of the boy may want to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer, who can answer questions about whether or not pursuing a personal injury lawsuit to recovery monetary damages for medical expenses is an option.
Source: My Fox Orlando, "9 yr old struck by car critical," Feb. 8, 2012