Accident Proves Fatal for Child Not in Safety Seat

A crash that occurred near Fort Lauderdale in the beginning of November took the life of a 4-year-old girl. Authorities say she was not buckled into a car seat at the time of the accident.

According to reports, the driver of the vehicle the child was riding in attempted to make a U-turn at NW 31st Avenue and Northwest 12th Street. The Volkswagen Jetta was carrying four people, including the child, at the time of the crash. Two vehicles were heading northbound when the Jetta made a U-turn directly in their path.

One car avoided colliding with the Jetta and traveled over a sidewalk and through a chain-lined fence. That car continued driving. A second vehicle couldn’t avoid the crash, striking the passenger side of the Jetta. That collision sent the Jetta into a utility pole.

All four people in the Jetta were transported for medical attention. Each was listed in critical condition. No person in the car had been wearing a restraint. The child passed away at the hospital. The driver of the vehicle that hit the Jetta remained on scene to speak with police.

By law, every child should be buckled into their seat. They should also use a car seat or booster seat until they are 4’9″ or 8 to 12 years old.

If you have been involved in an accident in Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding area, reach out to our experienced team of personal injury attorneys for assistance. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. Call today to schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options.