There are many factors that can cause a car accident, including speeding, driver fatigue or unfamiliarity with roads. Drivers have a responsibility to those around them, including pedestrians and those riding in other vehicles, to pay attention and drive according to the recognized standard of care. However, when a driver has been negligent in the operation of his or her vehicle, injured victims should understand their rights.
A driver in Miami Gardens apparently lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of 199 Street and Northwest 2nd Avenue around 4 p.m. on Oct. 23, causing a car accident that sent several pedestrians to the hospital.
The car in front of the driver had stopped abruptly, and the driver ended up going on to the sidewalk in an attempt to avoid the stopped car. In the process, he struck a bus bench occupied by six pedestrians. But it appears that the suffering of the pedestrians could have easily been prevented. Witnesses reported that the driver was speeding when he lost control trying to prevent a crash with the stopped car.
One of the victims ended up trapped under the car and was freed by civilians. Fire rescue crews arrived on scene and, according to police, four of the victims were airlifted to the hospital and listed in critical condition. The driver has not yet been charged.
Car accidents that involve pedestrians can result in very serious injuries. Those harmed as a result of the actions of a negligent or distracted driver may be entitled to seek compensation for lost wages and medical bills, as well as pain and suffering.
Source: CBS Miami, Several People Injured As Car Veers Into Miami Gardens Bus Bench, Oct. 23, 2012