Sarasota, FL asked in Personal Injury for Florida

Q: I am a driver in one of the ride sharing services and recently was brutally mob attacked.

When I refused to drive 5 one with open drink, when I can only take 4, they turned nasty cursed me out. I asked them all to go out of the car while the passenger guy with the drink held the door and didn't let go. After several attempts to ask him to let go of the door with no success, I decided to walk around and move him from the door and even thank him on the way. At that moment one of his friends surprised me from the back and then the rest jumped on me, and it nearly cost my life. As an honest person I did say to the officer that I tried to move him away from the door after all this, but they are all lying and saying that the guy was far from the car when I went to push him and only one guy admitted hitting me but only once. To make a long story short the state attn. decided not to pursue charges against anyone because “I touched first”. Is this normal or justice, when trying to back a person off from you or car mainly to diffuse a situation is a green light to kill someone?

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David Hughes Harris
David Hughes Harris
  • Venice, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: So sorry to hear of your circumstances. Sounds horrible, and am glad to hear to survived to tell your story.

While the State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute, you may still have a civil battery claim against all who struck you. Depending on the specifics, you may also have claims against their auto policies and your ride-sharing service policy.

Florida is a big State. So, consult a personal injury attorney in your area and discuss the specifics of your claim. Most attorneys provide a free consultation.

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