An accident in Miami on I-95 seriously injured Julio Martinez, who was the mayor of Hialeah from 1990 to 1993. The 71-year-old former mayor was hurt in the Aug. 4 accident while he was helping a friend change a tire. Martinez went to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital after the collision and was reportedly in critical condition as of Aug. 6.
Martinez was said to be between his Mercedes and his friend’s Dodge Ram when a man driving a Honda Accord south near the northwest 95th Street exit lost control and struck the Dodge. The Dodge hit the Mercedes, and Martinez was thrown onto pavement several feet away. The El Nuevo Herald reported that his wife said the former mayor had surgery on Monday and Tuesday.
Martinez’s friend also went to the hospital. He suffered minor injuries and was discharged on Aug. 4. The Honda driver has been identified, but it is unclear if any charges were filed against him.
Actions like speeding, eating while driving or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol might make a driver liable for an accident. Whether the negligence of a driver is prosecuted in criminal court or not, those injured in an accident or their loved ones may be able to seek compensation by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. This can help recover money lost due to medical bills, funeral costs or time off from work.
People injured in an accident may want to consult with a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to help guide a person through the steps necessary to seek a personal injury claim.
Source: CBS Miami, “Fmr. Hialeah Mayor In Critical Condition After Accident“, August 06, 2014