Florida rollover crash causes personal injury, death

Young drivers often lack the experience and judgment to drive safely on the road with other motorists. This can lead to accidents ranging from minor fender-benders to fatal crashes. Unfortunately, the latter happened when a 16-year-old recently caused a fatal crash on I-95 in Florida, with several others also injured.

The car accident happened on the evening of March 12 in Pompano Beach when a 16-year-old boy rear-ended an SUV carrying a family of four. The SUV rolled over, shattering a windshield and causing a tire to come off. The northbound lanes were closed for five hours as the Florida Highway Patrol investigated the accident scene.

The occupants of the SUV include a couple — a 31-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man — and their two children. They were taken to Broward Health Medical Center for medical treatment. One of the children, a 5-year-old boy, died. A 2-month-old infant suffered serious personal injury. The parents’ injuries were minor. No details were released regarding the 16-year-old driver’s condition.

It is unknown exactly what caused the accident or if other factors were involved, such as speed, alcohol or distractions. If so, the boy could be given a citation or face criminal charges for his negligence. He could also face a lawsuit from the victims for the personal injury — and the fatality — he caused. The fact that the boy is still a minor will need to be considered, but it is still a possibility that his family will be forced to pay compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: CBS Miami, “Child Killed, Four Others Hurt, In I-95 Crash” No author given, Mar. 13, 2014