Bar Patron Injured In Tampa Car Crash Versus Building Might Be Entitled To More Benefits Than He Realizes
An unsuspecting Tampa bar patron may be entitled to PIP benefits, bodily injury liability benefits, and even punitive damages after he was injured in an odd accident this week in a Tampa bar.
The OrlandoSentinel.com website reported about the Tampa drunk driving accident. Apparently a woman named Sully Marie Torre–Medina lost control of her car Tuesday night, causing it to crash into the patio area of the Independent bar in Tampa. A 34-year-old gentleman named Wesley Kincaid was apparently sitting in the bar’s patio area, was injured in a crushing injury as a result of the crash, and had to be taken to the hospital.
Mr. Kincaid may not realize it, but because he was involved in an accident arising out of the use of a motor vehicle, he may immediately be entitled to insurance benefits to pay his hospital and medical bills. If Mr. Kincaid owns a car, he would be entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits under his own automobile insurance coverage. If he doesn’t own a car, he would be entitled to PIP from Ms. Torre-Medina’s car insurance company. (Download your FREE copy of our Florida PIP guide, by clicking here.)
Additionally, if Ms. Torre-Medina carried bodily injury coverage on her car (which is optional in Florida – but shouldn’t be), he can make a personal injury claim against her. Because Ms. Torre-Medina has been accused of DUI, and found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, Mr. Kincaid may also have a punitive damages claim against her.
We obviously hope that Mr. Kincaid will make a speedy recovery from his injuries. He seems to have just been at the wrong place at the wrong time. Nevertheless, we thought his situation was important as an illustration of all the different benefits that might be available in a Florida car accident involving a pedestrian or anyone else who is not inside a vehicle at the time of a crash.
If you have any questions following a Florida car accident of any kind, or about Florida car insurance and how it works, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407–254–4901, or visit our website. You can also download a FREE copy of our popular Florida accident guide by clicking here.