Florida, attracting millions of people each year, is a hotbed for tourist activity. With so many people traveling from destination to destination, many of them on foot, pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence. To make matters worse, this kind of accident often results in serious injury or death. Luckily, victims of such accidents have a right to legal counsel, and a right to compensation for their injuries. Accidents can happen at any time, whether you're a tourist or not.
On April 3, 2012, a man in a motorized wheelchair was critically injured in a pedestrian accident. Donald L. Seymour, a 73-year-old Port Orange, Florida, resident, was attempting to cross the street in the late afternoon when the accident occurred. He was hit by a 50-year-old Ormond Beach man, Ricardo P. Oliveira, in a pickup truck on the same road. Apparently, Oliveira tried to avoid hitting the 73-year-old senior, but failed. According to Port Orange police Assistant Chief Wayne M. Miller, Oliveira hit the wheelchair with the left side of his truck, throwing Seymour to the pavement.
Behind Oliveira was Brittany A. Ellis, who tried to brake in her 2005 Nissan sedan, but hit Seymour, Miller said
Oliveira fled the scene, but was caught by New Smyrna Beach police. Oliveira later denied hitting the wheelchair, but evidence at the scene of the accident showed otherwise.
Seymour remains in critical condition at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and the accident is still under investigation.