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1 injured in auto accident involving swimmer Ryan Lochte

A man recently suffered injuries in a Florida car crash reportedly caused by an Olympic athlete. The auto accident, which involved swimmer Ryan Lochte, occurred on a Thursday night. The accident just so happened to occur less than 24 hours after an apparently inebriated Lochte is said to have kicked his hotel room door, which prompted a visit by police.

The car accident took place at about 9:45 p.m. According to authorities, the athlete was heading home on a highway and suddenly crashed into the back of a car. The incident happened when the person driving the car in front of him reportedly hit his breaks quickly.

Although Lochte tried to turn his car to the right to avoid the stopped vehicle, he still struck the stopped car. The passenger in the car that was struck did not suffer injuries, but the driver was taken to the hospital. Lochte was not injured in the crash but received a citation for driving carelessly.

The injured driver of the car that was struck may decide to file a personal injury claim against the Olympic athlete, seeking the reimbursement of damages sustained in the auto accident. Liability must be established, based upon a showing of negligence, before any claims for damages will be decided. In a rear-end collision, the driver of the trailing vehicle is typically considered to be at fault for traveling too closely. A successfully fought personal injury suit in Florida could result in a monetary damage award that may help with covering hospital bills, property damage and other monetary losses stemming from the motor vehicle collision. It may also help with addressing pain and suffering resulting from these types of car accidents.

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