It is imperative that all motorists remain alert and operate their vehicles according to the highest levels of safety standards and traffic regulations when traveling the nation’s busy highways. When a driver is negligent, personal injury — or even death — sometimes results when a motor vehicle accident occurs. Such was the case in a recent Florida tragedy where one child’s life was lost and another child was critically injured.
According to investigators, several vehicles had reduced their speeds in order to adjust to the pace of traffic. A pickup truck approached, and the driver apparently did not notice that traffic had slowed. The vehicle crashed into a car that carried three occupants, two of whom were very young children.
The impact from the initial crash seemed to set off a chain reaction, causing several more vehicles to collide with others. A witness reported that she saw several people attempting to extricate the children from the car. Sadly, a 3-year-old child in the first car that was struck died at the scene of the accident. A 4-year-old child in the same vehicle was critically injured. After being transported to a hospital for treatment, an update listed the child in serious condition.
The authorities have reported that charges are pending in the case. When a traveler who suffers personal injury in a car accident is a child of minor age, a parent or legal guardian is able to file a legal claim in a civil court on his or her behalf. If a car accident victim succumbs to his or her injuries, a wrongful death claim may be appropriate. Those with questions or concerns about the legal process of filing a claim in a Florida court may choose to contact an experienced attorney in the area.
Source: nbc-2.com, “Victim in fatal SR-82 crash identified as 3-year-old child“, Sept. 28, 2015