On Saturday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. an 8 year-old was struck and killed as a result of a car accident in Lauderhill. The 8 year old-boy, a victim of a pedestrian accident, after being hit by the car was transported to the hospital where he later died. It is reported that the child wandered onto the street and was hit by a car traveling east near the intersection of NW 27 Court and 56th Avenue, a residential neighborhood. Locals call the area “The U block.” Local police are still investigating how the little boy ended up in the path of the vehicles that evening and suffered a wrongful death. Police will surely investigate lighting, the speed of the vehicle, how the little boy ended up in the middle of the street, the location of the guardians/parents at the time of the incident. Police did not charge the 20 year old female driver who struck the little boy with any charges or moving violations. Both the identity of the boy and of the driver have not been revealed by the local authorities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHSTA)estimated that in 2010 approximately 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents. In addition Safe Kids USA reported that an average of 355 pedestrian children (ages 14 and under) occur each year. Surprisingly, pedestrian deaths as a result of car accident have been on the rise. The NHSTA estimated that a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. What is alarming for Floridians is that the most dangerous state for pedestrians is Florida.
If you or a loved one is injured or is a victim of a pedestrian versus car accident, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney will be able to document and preserve evidence that will support your potential claim. A car accident lawyer will also be able to request documents such as a your medical records, police records, and court records which will all potential help your future case. Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., has a vast experience representing injured victims in personal injury and car accident matters. Jeffrey Davis has represented hundred of individuals as a result of the careless driving of others. Jeffrey Davis, car accident attorney, may be able to help you obtain the justice you deserve.
It is important that at the scene if the car accident you obtain as much information that you can regarding the other driver/party (insurance information, tag, name, address, etc.). You should also make sure that you tell police a simple and concise explanation of how the accident happened. Make sure that you do not accept money or sign any type of release at the scene of the accident. Also, do not get into a fight or an argument with the other driver. Make sure that you do not speak to anyone at the scene other than the police. Many times, an insurance company will send out an immediate response team. They are not on your side. In addition, your insurance may come out to the scene to prove that the accident was your fault or that you were not injured. Olga Porven, Esq., an attorney with Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., is a former insurance defense attorney. She is well aware of what the insurance companies are capable of and has the experience in dealing with insurance companies to help you obtain potential compensation in your case.