Most Tampa residents would hope that after a car hits a bicycle rider, the driver would stop at the scene and call for emergency personnel. Unfortunately, this was not the case after an incident recently in Tampa.
The accident occurred on Memorial Causeway in the early morning hours. Two riders, a 25-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were hit by a car. The driver of the car fled the scene after he hit the bicyclists. The 25-year-old man died of his injuries after being taken to the hospital, while the 27-year-old woman is still in critical condition. The riders were discovered by a passing driver around 6:15 a.m.
Often, after a family member is killed or severely injured in an accident, the family wants to help that victim recover, but also usually wants to hold the person accountable who caused those injuries. This is much more difficult in the case of a hit and run. Besides speaking with the police as quickly as possible, it is often helpful to speak with a Tampa car accident attorney or Tampa personal injury lawyer in order to try and find the responsible party. Even if the party cannot be found, the attorney will be able to help the victim and his family to try and recover for the costs incurred related to the incident.
Though it may be difficult to find the perpetrator, if that party can be found, the family will be able to recover directly from that party, especially if a criminal trial takes place first. Fortunately, in the above case, the police now have identified the driver after a man came forward and indicated that he had blacked out while driving home from work and feared from the condition of his vehicle that he had been involved in an accident. The man has been charged with two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Arrest made in fatal tandem-bicycle crash in Clearwater ," Alison Barnwell, Keyonna Summers and Laura C. Morel, Sept. 3, 2013