Volusia County, FL (October 11, 2018) - A 38-year-old woman from Ormond Beach was struck by a sheriff's deputy on Tuesday, October 9th.
Amy Sojka was walking in the 1900 block of Hand Avenue around 7:45 pm when the incident took place. Sojka was walking in the roadway at the time. Deputy Patrick Erlandson is identified as the driver who struck Sojka. Erlandson said he did not see Sojka prior to the collision.
Sojka suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the accident. Erlandson was placed on administrative leave while the crash remains under investigation. There is no further information available at this time.
Florida experienced approximately 10,000 pedestrian injuries last year. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are a somewhat common occurrence across our state.
When a pedestrian crash occurs, police will undertake a full investigation in an effort to determine who is responsible for the crash. They will consider factors such as whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk or other marked area, the time of day that the crash occurred, impairment, distraction and whether the crash could have been avoided. Ultimately, if it turns out the driver was negligent in causing a crash the injured pedestrian has the right to bring a personal injury claim. In Florida, an injured pedestrian may recover for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages stemming from an accident.
At Rubenstein Law, we have assisted injured Florida pedestrians for over 30 years. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, give us a call at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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