Boy Killed In Crash In Fort Lauderdale
As parents, we worry about our children getting to and from school safely. This is especially true if they are walking in areas of heavy traffic. A pedestrian, especially a young child, can get into a fatal accident.
Sadly, this was recently the case in Fort Lauderdale. An 8-year-old boy was recently killed in a chain-reaction crash. The fatal accident occurred on the afternoon of November 16 near the intersection of Northwest 19 Street and 23 Avenue.
The boy, from Oakland Park, was walking home from school at the time of the crash. A driver ran a red light, causing them to collide with another vehicle. The first vehicle then jumped the curve and ran over the boy, who was walking on the sidewalk at the time.
The boy was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. He has been in a coma and on life support since that time. He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures, as well as brain and lung injuries. He was taken off life support on November 22. It is unknown what happened to the driver.
Dangers of Running Red Lights
When a driver runs a red light, anyone in the area can be affected. Running a red light is the most common cause of intersection accidents in urban areas, where a red light crash happens every 20 minutes, on average. Hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are injured or killed by red light runners every year.
Running a red light is defined as entering an intersection any time after the traffic signal has turned red. However, drivers who are in intersections when the light turns red are not considered red-light runners.
Running a red light is considered reckless behavior. This behavior puts the lives of all other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bike riders at risk. Any accidents that occur are usually severe in nature; rarely are they minor fender benders. A driver who runs a red light and injures someone in the process can face strict punishment, such as fines and jail time.
Many people fail to stop at red lights because they are speeding and cannot stop in time without ending up in the intersection. That’s why it’s important to drive at a safe speed, especially around busy intersections. Always stop at a red light. Being in a hurry is not worth the risk. When a traffic signal turns green, it’s important to look before proceeding, as a driver may be running a red light.
Contact Us Today
A pedestrian can get easily killed in a crash with a motor vehicle. Their interactions with motor vehicles in intersections and other portions of the road do not always go well.
A Gainesville pedestrian accident attorney at Meldon Law can help you with your case. We’ll help you take legal action if you or a loved one has been affected. Schedule a consultation by calling (800) 373-8000 or filling out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, and Lake City.