CinemaBlend.com reports that actor Gene Hackman was bike riding in the Florida Keys when he was hit by a car. Many bicycle riders have experienced scrapes, bumps, bruises at some time when riding a bike. It is reported that Mr. Hackman, who is 81 years old, was not wearing a helmut.
Mr. Hackman was riding his bicycle on Islamorada Street when he was struck by a pick-up truck. The pick up truck approached from behind and knocked him off his bicycle. Mr. Hackman fell into a grassy area which served to minimize his potential injuries. After his bicycle accident, Mr. Hackman was transported by a helicopter to a hospital emergency room to treat his injuries.
Fortunately for Mr. Hackman his accident was more frightening than life threatening. According toUSA Today, Mr. Hackman suffered “bumps and bruises” as the result of his South Florida bicycle accident. Jessica Grabert author of the CinemaBlend.com article, expresses the hope that Mr. Hackman will exercise more caution in the future, both in wearing a bicycle helmut and to try never again to put himself in a position to be rear-ended.
Mr. Hackman, has the right to bring a negligence claim against the owner of the truck that struck him. Florida law presumes that the driver of a vehicle that strikes a bicyclist, or other vehicle in the rear is 100 per cent responsible and liable for all of the innocent victim’s damages, which include pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.