A one-year-old girl who was in a car involved in a wreck in Wesley Chapel, Florida, died Saturday, January 9, 2010 according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The young girl was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she had been in critical condition since the wreck.
She was one of three people in a Honda that was struck by an SUV that crossed over the center lane of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, just south of State Road 54. The driver of the 2010 Cadillac SUV was a 67-year-old man from Brando, who died in the collision. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
There is no word whether the infant was properly restrained in an infant car seat. Our hearts go out to the family of this little girl. There is very little information about whether she was strapped into a child restraint system as is required by law.
Cause of the Accident
If the details of this news report are accurate, it seems to me that the driver of the SUV who crossed over the center lane could be at fault for this major collision. It’s not clear why the driver drifted over Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in the first place. Was he asleep at the wheel? Was he driving while distracted? Was alcohol or were drugs involved? And I would also want to know whether there was something wrong with the car that made the driver unable to control it. If the driver is found to have been at fault for this car accident, he could be held liable. In such cases, victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy and other related damages.
It would be in the best interests of injured victims in such cases, to get it touch with an experienced FL personal injury lawyer who can carefully examine all aspect of the crash and investigate its cause for negligence or wrongdoing. A knowledgeable car accident attorney should also explain to victims how their own car insurance policy can apply to cover their losses if the other driver was uninsured or underinsured.