Investigators from the Florida Highways Patrol are still trying to uncover the details of a recent hit-and-run accident in Tampa. Video footage taken from a cell phone shows a silver car that seems to be intentionally running down two motorcycle riders. The crash happened on County Line Road and US 41. Abe Garcia managed to catch the wild moment on video. He said the motorcycle driver had confronted the car’s driver for cutting him off moments earlier.
“The guy driving the car was driving recklessly, like crazy out of control,” Garcia explained. “I saw him almost run one of the bikers over, like off the side of the road. So, then the bikers caught up to him at a red light and words started exchanging, and then the guy went complete psychopath.”
Garcia said the driver then intentionally tried to run over the man and woman on the motorcycle. “The guy tried to kill them. It was a red light and then it turned green. He could’ve just gone straight, but he went for the biker.”
Florida Highway Patrol soon arrested the car’s driver, 31-year-old Robert Vance. They caught him just minutes after the incident, recognizing damage on his car that matched up with the hit-and-run crash. Officers said that the bikers were transported to the hospital with injuries, but both are expected to fully recover.
Public record reveals that Vance has a long history of problems with the law. He has a long list of traffic related offenses along with multiple arrests for violence and drugs. Now he is facing new charges for aggravated battery and leaving the scene of a crash. When confronted by police, Vance openly admitted that he hit the victims and then fled the scene.
“This is road rage on a whole new level,” said Bill Winters from Tampa personal injury law firm Winters and Yonker. “You can never be too careful these days. Not only are accidental collisions a regular occurrence in Tampa, but now you also have to worry about drivers who are just openly aggressive and angry.”
In situations like this, victims may be eligible to file a lawsuit for personal injury. Personal injury attorneys in Tampa help represent clients who have been injured in car and motorcycle accidents. An attorney can help you receive compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, or disability. By working with an attorney, victims can escape the stress of figuring out finances and focus on healing while a lawyer aggressively pursues the compensation that is deserved.
Sometimes, auto accidents can be fatal. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of accidental death across the United States. If your loved one dies in a car accident, you could also be eligible for compensation in lawsuits against negligent drivers, car manufacturers, and insurance providers. Anytime someone is injured in a car accident, it’s wise to consult with an experienced car accident attorney to find out what legal options are available.