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Teen Makes Remarkable Recovery after Scooter Crash in Jacksonville Beach

Posted on June 21, 2011

To look at him now you wouldn’t know that last March doctors were uncertain whether a 17-year-old Fletcher High School athlete would ever recover from a scooter collision with a car in Jacksonville Beach. The young man can now walk and talk after suffering traumatic head and physical injuries. The teen was injured while riding his scooter to Fletcher last March. He was in the 1600 block of Penman Road when a small Kia hit him as its driver was turning into a gas station. The well-known and popular basketball player did not have a helmet on and was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in critical condition, according to a story by Channel 4.

Since then he has made amazing progress and his mother credits the close knit family which includes his two older brothers, one who plays professional basketball overseas, who flew to be by his brother’s side. Besides slowly recovering from the head trauma, his family sees improvements in his motor skills every day. The ultimate goal is to get him out of his wheelchair and walking again.

Jacksonville Beach is a great location to ride a scooter along the ocean, especially as gas prices continue to climb. Like motorcycle accidents, the public often blames the scooter rider for the accident, but in many cases, the motorist simply did not see the other vehicle. With virtually no protection around you in a collision with a car, it’s no wonder that scooter injuries have almost tripled between 2007 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fortunately, if you can call it fortunate, this young man was hit by a very small car, a Kia, otherwise there might be a very different story to tell.

Florida residents who suffered an injury or death due to another’s negligence would be well-advised to contact a personal injury lawyer in Jacksonville Beach to learn how they can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let Farah & Farah be your advocates at a time when your focus needs to be on getting better.

Sources: http://www.news4jax.com/news/28273146/detail.html and http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/pdf/motorcycle_brief-a.pdf