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Motor vehicle accidents aren't on vacation intineraries

After planning, packing and preparing, the last thing anyone wants is for a vacation to be ruined by a car crash. Sadly, far too many vacations end in motor vehicle accidents. Undoubtedly, a stay in the hospital with serious injuries was not on the itinerary.

This could be what one family vacationing in Florida thought. Shortly before 8 p.m. on a Sunday evening, a group of seven people was on their way back to their hotel after dinner. As they walked through a large swath of grass on the side of the roadway, a pickup truck heading in the opposite direction veered toward them and struck them.

The impact severed the lower half of the leg of a 24-year-old pedestrian. The Utah woman and other family members were scheduled to leave for a cruise the following day, but they never made it. The woman's 10-year-old brother suffered bruised lungs, a broken foot and a severe concussion.

At last report, the pair remained hospitalized in the ICU. The woman's 31-year-old husband escaped with only minor injuries. Police suspect that impairment and speeding were the primary factors in the crash.

So far, no charges have been filed as the investigation continues. The family might consider enlisting the aid of a Florida attorney to assist them with the filing of personal injury claims. Successfully establishing negligence on the part of the allegedly drunk driver could result in an award of damages similar to those awarded in other motor vehicle accidents in the state. Any restitution received could help with the medical expenses and other financial losses the family is undoubtedly incurring.

Source: kutv.com, "Utah woman loses her foot, other family injured after being hit by truck in Florida", Cimaron Neugebauer, March 27, 2017

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