Fort Lauderdale, FL – A Sunday afternoon by the pool turned into a horrific tragedy when a car veered off of the road and into a pool cabana killing a pregnant woman, authorities say.
Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Claim
A statement released by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue stated that a car driven by a woman crashed into the cabana by the pool at the Riverside Hotel on East Las Olas Boulevard.
Inside the cabana, the woman, who was 7-months pregant according to fire rescue officials, was killed.
Ft. Lauderdale Hotel Guest Heard Fatal Accident
“We just heard the big explosion and then about five seconds, everybody’s in shock and then everybody just reacted,” Darryn Gordon said.
“It was just the last day of our vacation and it came to a horrible end,” Joanne Gordon said. “Such a terrible accident.”
The accident is under investigation.
Wrongful Death Claim in Fort Lauderdale, FL
This tragedy killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Under Florida law, the surviving spouse has a claim for money damages against the woman who caused the accident, and the owner of the car if different.
Damages recoverable in a Florida Wrongful Death case
Florida’s wrongful death statutes provide that damages may be awarded as follows:
HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – NBCMiami reported that Hollywood Police recently identified a 23-year-old man who they said was the driver of a white 2006 Dodge Magnum station wagon which they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run on Dec. 24, 2011.
According to the police, surveillance video showed Robert Consavage being mowed down as he crossed N. Ocean Drive at Indiana Street in Hollywood at 2:45 a.m. on Christmas Eve, with the car never stopping.
Police said a Crime Stoppers tip Dec. 29 led investigators to a Fort Lauderdale body shop where the car was being repaired. The next day, Patterson and the station wagon’s owner, Dwight Reeves Jr., 24, came forward and “voluntarily gave sworn statements indicating their involvement in the crash,” police said.
Police said no arrests have been made, but criminal charges are pending “based on the conclusion of the investigation.”
Florida law requires you to stop if you injury or kill another
Florida Statute 316.027 deals with a crash involving death or personal injuries. It says in pertinent part that:
COOPER CITY, FL – According to the police, an elderly couple was hospitalized after they were struck by a car in Cooper City Thursday morning.
The couple were hit by a green Honda Civic around 9:20 a.m. in the area of Hiatus Road and Sheridan Street, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue transported the man by ground to Memorial Regional Hospital. The woman was taken by BSO Air Rescue.
The incident caused the intersection to be closed Thursday morning as officers diverted traffic.
BSO Traffic Homicide investigators are looking into the incident.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Be Fatal
Fatal Florida pedestrian accidents are common because of the sheer size and weight of a vehicle which comes in contact with an unprotected person. Cars are designed to withstand impacts, even high speed catastrophic impacts. It’s amazing in my practice to see people walk away from mangled cars with blown out windows with mere whiplash injuries. Pedestrians are often not so lucky, with fractures, road rash, lacerations, head trauma, brain injuries, and even accidental death.
Pedestrian Accidents in Florida – Who Pays?
Florida’s No-Fault Law generally applies to pedestrian car accidents. This means that if the pedestrian owns a vehicle or lives with a relative who owns a motor vehicle, that vehicle’s Personal Injury Protection benefits may apply to the pedestrian’s medical bills, even if another car was at fault. The at-fault driver and/or owner’s insurance should cover the balance that PIP didn’t pay and possibly pain and suffering.