People don’t expect to be sued for a car accident when they weren’t even involved, but that is exactly what happened to ex-Miami Dolphins great, John Offerdahl. The former linebacker, along with his wife, were named in a lawsuit in Broward County stemming from an auto collision even though they weren’t present before, during or after the accident.
According to reports, the couple’s son was driving his father’s Jeep in late December 2012 when he crashed into another vehicle. The accident occurred at the intersection of NE 44th Street and Bayview Drive in Fort Lauderdale. The car that was struck was stopped waiting to turn left.
The linebacker’s son told officers that he had looked away from the road and by the time he looked up again, he was hitting the other vehicle. He was cited for not using due care. The charge was ultimately dismissed, but now, the ex-Dolphin’s player may be on the hook for compensating the victim. The victim in the accident is said to have suffered permanent bodily injury.
What will happen and if they couple will remained named in the lawsuit remains to be seen. It is assumed that the couple has been named because they own the car and the victim has a better chance of recovering damages from them instead of the son.
If you have been involved in a car accident in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area, reach out to our team of experienced car accident attorneys for assistance. We will review the details of your crash and advise you of your legal options. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and let us help you recover the damages you are entitled to.