We’ve written in the past about drivers crashing into post offices. Vehicles striking buildings are surprisingly common, but in most cases it’s either late at night when no one is inside or the bulk of the building stops the vehicle so that no one inside is hurt. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened when a car struck a day care center near Orlando.
One girl was killed and a dozen children were injured in the crash. The day care center was operating normally when an SUV slammed into a car outside. The car flew forward from the impact, passing completely through the wall and into the building. A total of 14 people were injured.
Police have not released many details of the crash, but the SUV was clearly traveling with considerable speed if the car it hit could crash through a wall. Nonetheless, the SUV itself was apparently in fair condition after the accident, as witnesses say it immediately sped off and fled the scene.
The result has compounded tragedy with tragedy, as family members of the victims cannot see justice done—or even get answers—until the driver is caught.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene we have seen the results of many hit-and-run accidents. Typically, a hit-and-run driver has little chance of escaping the law for long. Even if witnesses didn’t get the license plate number, the damage to their vehicle is a clear giveaway. The driver has to stop using their vehicle and hide it, raising questions with neighbors, and even then, security camera footage or good detective work may bring them to light.
That seems to be exactly what’s happened in this case. Police say they already have a suspect, a 26-year-old man who has a prior criminal record. The fact that police have narrowed it down to a single individual indicates that either witnesses or security cameras got a license plate.
Whether or not police locate the man, victims of a hit-and-run have options. While it may not be satisfying to see the guilty driver get away, victims do not need to wait for an apprehension to start taking legal action to protect themselves. In this particular case, the day care’s insurance should pay compensation to those in the building.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene we urge all accident victims and their families to seek the opinion of a lawyer before accepting or signing anything from the insurance company. Insurance companies may offer payments that are too small to cover medical costs, and a skilled lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident of any kind, call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene for a free analysis of your case.