When a driver fails to yield to a bicycle, runs a red light or stop sign, drives impaired or distracted, or cuts off a bike, serious bicycle accident injuries are often the result. Sadly, innocent cyclists can suffer catastrophic injuries like paralysis.
Paralysis often occurs when a cyclist’s spinal cord is cut or crushed. When this happens, a cyclist can lose sensation in parts of the body and lose muscle function. As a result, a cyclist is left paralyzed and often left fighting for his or her life. Sadly, this situation recently occurred in Fort Lauderdale.
Not too long ago, a Florida man was paralyzed and left for dead when a drunk driver struck his bike. The cyclist was riding his bicycle to work in Fort Lauderdale in the 5200 block of Northeast 18th Avenue when he was hit by a black Ford Mustang. Sadly, Craig Camlin, 53, was thrown from his bike onto the windshield of the Mustang, sent over the roof of the car, landed on the back window, and carried for two miles before the driver left him beside a dumpster, according to the Sun Sentinel report.
Camlin was found and rushed to a hospital for care. As a result of the Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident, he was paralyzed and had trouble breathing. He spent two months at Broward Health North Medical Center in Pompano Beach on a ventilator fighting for his life. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and died.
What Families Should Know About Fatal Bicycle Accidents
In situations like the one above, there will be a criminal trial; however, families of the deceased victim should bring a civil claim against a drunk driver for their losses. Through a civil trial, a family can seek justice and just compensation for their financial losses, loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance, emotional anguish, and pain and suffering.
While you may not want to think about money at a time like this—after losing someone you love—it is critical to make sure the negligent driver pays and that you and your family aren’t left in a financial hardship. To speak with an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer in a free consultation, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.