The Gainesville Sun is reporting that a 24 year old woman was tragically hit by a car and killed Monday night on Archer Road in Gainesville.
According to police, the accident occurred at 6:45 p.m. while the young woman was walking south in the 2300 block of Archer Road. Apparently, she was not walking in a crosswalk when an eastbound driver moved into the center lane of the three-lane roadway to avoid a group of pedestrians, and hit her. Police spokesman said it appeared the left front bumper of the car struck the pedestrian, who rolled on top of the hood. She was pronounced dead a short time later at the trauma unit at Shands at the University of Florida.
Alachua County traffic homicide unit officials do not believe that was due to drug or alcohol impairment.
Although it is probably not the first priority on their minds today, the victim’s family may have a claim for wrongful death against the driver. Generally, under Florida law, Wrongful Death actions are lawsuits that arise after an individual dies as a result of the negligence of another. In Wrongful death actions, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident, instead of the usual four years that is required in other civil lawsuits. It is for this reason that it is so important for families who have lost a loved one e due to the negligence or carelessness of another, to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney promptly to discuss their case—otherwise, they may lose the ability to assert a claim.
The experienced Gainesville Wrongful Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC have handled wrongful death cases caused by Alachua County Car Accidents for many clients. If your loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, please contact us at 352-726-0078 for a consultation.