Children and Other Visitors to Volusia County Beaches At Risk for Getting Hit by Vehicles on the Beach


The traffic on Volusia County, Florida beaches are becoming a problem. Four people have struck by cars on the beach, one fatally. Last month, a Daytona Beach, Florida woman was run over by a Beach Patrol pickup vehicle while she was sunbathing. The 52-year-old woman’s leg was trapped between her beach chair and the undercarriage of the truck, she sustained a compound fracture to her right leg.

County records reveal that over the past five years, 43 people have been struck or run over by vehicles on the beach, at least 20 of these people sustained serious injuries. This number includes the tragedy of the 4-year-old girl, Ellie Bland, who was killed in last March on Daytona Beach. Volusia County’s driveable beaches stretch for 16 miles and can see as many as 10,000 vehicles pass through the tollbooths on a busy holiday weekend.

Although attempts to ban driving on Volusia County beaches have been made, a complete ban is unlikely. Frank Bruno, Volusia County Chairman, said the only way to completely stop accidents from happening on the beaches is to totally remove cars from the beach, which cannot happen. If you would like to read more on this story see Driving on Volusia County, Florida Beaches creates dangers for beach goers.

A 1983 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court found that a city that allows beach driving could be held liable under certain circumstances in the event of an accident. If you have been injured by a vehicle on a Florida beach, contact a Florida Injury Lawyer to discuss the issues of liability, who is responsible the medical bills and whether or not you are entitled to future damages.

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