An elderly woman was killed after she was hit by a car while she was on a Hialeah sidewalk Tuesday morning. The pedestrian vs. car accident occurred on 16th avenue and West 53 Street in Hialeah, Florida at about 8:00 a.m. The elderly woman was on the sidewalk of 16 avenue, either walking or waiting for a bus, when her life was taken. Hialeah Police report that the truck who ended up hitting the woman did not have a driver at the time of the accident. The driver of the truck was parked in a nearby parking lot, the truck was in the wrong gear, and then hit the woman. It is alleged that the driver was parking the truck and as he was getting out of the truck, the truck jumped onto the sidewalk, killed the woman and crashed into a school bus with 16 children, causing a motor vehicle accident.
It is unclear if the error in the truck’s movement was human error or a mechanical malfunction. It is clear that there may be many parties who may be liable to the elderly woman’s family and survivors. The same parties may liable to any other individuals who were injured on the bus at the time of the incident. One thing is certain, Hialeah Police, have determined that they have determined that this was not a criminal act. Therefore, victims of this tragic accident will only have civil remedies available to them.
However, certain questions will have to be answered such as:
- when was the last time the car was services or repaired?
- had the gear box ever been maintained, changed, repaired?;
- Is the owner of the car the same individual who was driving the car at the time of the accident?
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 if you or a loved one is injured in a 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.