One person died in an accident after a vehicle collided with an alligator that was on the roadway in a suburb of Tampa.
According to a representative from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a 59-year-old man was driving his Chevy Aveo east on County Road 672 in Lithia at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 24. Police said the man was approximately two miles west of County Road 39 when he suddenly encountered an alligator approximately 11 feet long on the roadway.
The vehicle hit the alligator, then veered off the roadway to the left and flipped into a ditch on the north side of the road. A driver passing by saw the car in the ditch and called 911. When emergency responders arrived, the man had already died of his injuries. The alligator had also died from the impact.
Is there any possibility for compensation when an accident is caused by nature?
In the aftermath of this sort of accident involving either animals or acts of nature, it can be understandable to wonder whether there is any recourse for compensation or any party that could be held liable.
In most cases, unfortunately, the answer is no. The most likely course of action would be for the victim (or their family, if the victim passed away) to seek compensation in the form of a claim through the victim’s insurance policy.
Even if there is no dispute over liability at stake in your case, it is still beneficial to work with an attorney, who will understand how best to negotiate with your insurance company to get you the best possible settlement.
For more information about how best to proceed with your case, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.