The driver of a vehicle struck and killed another after losing control and hitting a guardrail today just after 2 a.m., April 29, 2019. According to the Florida Highway Patrol; the driver of a Toyota Tacoma went on the outside shoulder of I-75 and over-corrected. Then the driver veered across all lanes of the freeway and hit the guardrail in the median.
He got out to free his passenger and a Chevy Sonic struck him. He died from his injuries. They airlifted the trapped passenger to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.
We’re deeply saddened to hear of this terrible crash.
Good Samaritan Injuries
It is not always safe when helping in an accident scene. The person helping could suffer injuries or harm. Accident scenes can be very dangerous places even after a wreck is over. Especially on freeways, approaching vehicles will often strike pedestrians at the scene.
The American Auto Association says that if a person is involved in a crash and there is a significant risk of further collisions, then the best thing to do is stay in the car until told to get out by authorities.
This isn’t always practical, especially when people see others in distress – it’s a natural inclination to help out.
What Should I do When Injured While Helping?
Being hit or injured while trying to help someone is not your fault. If everyone had that attitude, many people today would be dead or more seriously injured. Don’t let the insurance companies imply or say that you are at fault for stopping and thus not entitled to any compensation for your injuries. Get help from someone who knows the law and has experience with insurance companies.
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, talk to an attorney. They can tell you the law and give you good advice. Our Tampa Auto Accident Lawyers will meet with you in a free consultation. The RHINO Lawyers is the powerful, results-driven law firm, that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head-on!” We describe our bold modern approach to “Accident & Personal Injury Law” and “Our Personal Mission” to empower Florida’s families to “Take Charge!”