Car accidents happen across Florida and the country every day. Many of them are not serious and do not involve anything more than minor injuries, while some of these tragedies involve serious or deadly injuries. Every so often, a crash will involve a child, and this tends to make the situation worse for everyone involved.
The Florida Turnpike became the scene of a tragic accident on a recent Friday morning. At around 9:20 a.m., the traffic in the southbound lanes slowed due to congestion. One vehicle failed to slow down and slammed into the back of a vehicle in front of it. The unsuspecting occupants of that vehicle included the driver, a 69-year-old man, his 71-year-old wife and his 4-month-old grandson.
The 32-year-old driver of the car that struck the family’s vehicle suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the victim vehicle and his wife escaped serious injury, but their grandson suffered severe injuries. At last report, he remained in critical condition. The repercussions to the boy’s future may not be known for some time.
So far, authorities have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash. Even so, authorities believe the driver believed responsible for the crash could face charges in connection with it. She could also face a civil lawsuit from the family of the injured infant.
A factor that makes a crash involving a child more tragic than one only involving adults is the natural instinct to protect children that most people have. Another reason is the fact children have their whole lives ahead of them, and to have it cut short or to lose the chance at reaching their potential is often heartbreaking. Helping they and their families find justice will not change what happened, but it could provide much needed closure and restitution for the children and their families.