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Girl Hit By Pickup Truck In Dade City


When motorists are on the highway, they’re not typically looking for pedestrians. They are focusing on the actions of the vehicles in front of them. So when a child suddenly darts out in the middle of a road where vehicles are traveling at high speeds, the results can be catastrophic.

A young girl was hit by a pickup truck when she suddenly ran out onto US-301. The girl was seriously injured. The incident happened on the morning of May 26 in Dade City.

A 62-year-old man from Lakeland was driving a Ford F-250 and towing a camper. He was heading north on US-301, near Long Avenue, and in the outside lane. That’s when the 8-year-old girl ran across the highway into the path of the truck.

The man tried to avoid hitting the child by steering to the outside shoulder. However, the left side of the attached camper still hit the girl. She suffered from serious injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital for medical treatment. The driver and two passengers —a 67-year-old woman and an 80-year-old woman, both from Lakeland — were not injured in the crash. It is unknown why the girl was in the middle of a busy freeway.

Types of Pedestrians to Look For

When it comes to a car vs. a human, the car is going to win. It’s that simple. Cars weigh thousands of pounds and are sturdily built. When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, it is often an avoidable tragedy.

As a motorist, safety is key. You need to be alert at all times, and that means being on the lookout for pedestrians. But not all pedestrians are alike. Here are several types of pedestrians to look for:

  • Darting out. This occurs when a pedestrian rushes out into the street with little warning, causing them to get hit by a vehicle due to a limited reaction time for the driver. Usually the pedestrian is distracted or rushed.
  • Multiple threats. This usually occurs when a vehicle is stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the road. The stopped vehicle blocks the view of the intersection, causing an oncoming vehicle to pass the stopped vehicle. This exposes the pedestrian to a crash. This is often related to large vehicles, such as commercial buses.
  • Vendor/ice cream truck. This usually takes place in neighborhoods when a child is approaching or leaving an ice cream truck or other vehicle and is hit by an overtaking vehicle.
  • Backing up. This type of accident occurs when drivers do not look behind them when backing out of a driveway or parking spot. This can cause them to hit a pedestrian.

Seek Help for Your Auto Accident Case

Children can be unpredictable on roadways. Drivers have to be extra cautious where pedestrians are common.

A Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident attorney from Madonna Law Group can assist you with your legal needs after a crash. We can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (800) 557-0411.



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