Most of Florida’s pedestrians know the risks of crossing busy streets even if they are at an intersection. However, many tend to discount that any danger exists as long as they are on sidewalks, at bus stops or otherwise not in the street. Unfortunately, many motor vehicle accidents end up involving pedestrians who thought they were standing or walking in a safe place.
For example, an out-of-control SUV recently careened into two women waiting a bus stop. Before the vehicle finally came to a stop after slamming into a pole, it hit other pedestrians who simply could not get out of the way fast enough. Witnesses reported that at least one other vehicle was involved that was moving just as erratically as the SUV. That vehicle and its driver failed to remain at the scene and have not been found as of the last report.
One woman died as a result of her injuries, and at least two others suffered critical injuries. The exact cause of the accident is not yet known. The full story may not be known until the final vehicle involved is located. Authorities did not say whether any charges are being contemplated at this point.
The family of the deceased victim and the seriously injured survivors do not have to wait for the official investigation to end before taking their own legal action in a Florida civil court. A private investigation could locate evidence needed in order to establish negligence. Successfully litigating such claims could result in the award of damages typically seen in other motor vehicle accidents, which could help with the unexpected and inevitable financial losses that accompany these tragedies.
Source: local10.com, “Woman fatally struck by SUV while standing at bus stop in Lauderhill“, Amanda Batchelor, Shyann Malone, Sanela Sabovic, June 8, 2017