A young driver hit a teenage dog walker and left the scene of the pedestrian accident in St. Augustine. According to a report, 16-year-old Allison Almon was walking two dogs when the car hit her from behind Friday evening. One of the dogs was also hit. The other ran home and alerted the owner.
Our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to Almon, who was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. Pedestrians often have serious injuries from vehicles, including head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.
State law says that walkers should stay on the left side of the road and stay out of the area marked for vehicles. When a sidewalk is not available, the pedestrian is to walk as far on the shoulder as is safe. No word here on whether Almon was following the law, but the law is very clear for drivers responsible for a hit-and-run. They are supposed to stay at the scene of the crash until help arrives.
Regardless of any law, there is the rule of human compassion.
Leaving someone on the side of the road during daylight (the accident happened around 5 p.m.), is a lowly act, even though neighbors on Cornell Road say the area is unsafe since it is often a speedway for those who live nearby.
We are grateful that her injuries are not more serious, but being hit by a vehicle can cause serious personal injury in Florida and require expensive long-term medical rehabilitation.
A St. Augustine pedestrian accident attorney may be able to help Almon’s family seek recovery for her medical expenses from the responsible party, under their own uninsured motorist coverage. This is a very good example of why you want to carry as much of that as you can afford, even up to $1 million. That way, even if an irresponsible driver or someone uninsured is reckless enough to hit you, you may still have your long-term medical bills covered.
At Farah and Farah, we’ve helped many injured pedestrians and people who have suffered personal injury due to other kinds of accidents receive the compensation they deserve. Call us today at 1-800-533-3555 for a free consultation.