Young drivers often lack the experience and judgment to drive safely on the road with other motorists. This can lead to accidents ranging from minor fender-benders to fatal crashes. Unfortunately, the latter happened when a 16-year-old recently caused a fatal crash on I-95 in Florida, with several others also injured.
The car accident happened on the evening of March 12 in Pompano Beach when a 16-year-old boy rear-ended an SUV carrying a family of four. The SUV rolled over, shattering a windshield and causing a tire to come off. The northbound lanes were closed for five hours as the Florida Highway Patrol investigated the accident scene.
The occupants of the SUV include a couple — a 31-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man — and their two children. They were taken to Broward Health Medical Center for medical treatment. One of the children, a 5-year-old boy, died. A 2-month-old infant suffered serious personal injury. The parents’ injuries were minor. No details were released regarding the 16-year-old driver’s condition.
It is unknown exactly what caused the accident or if other factors were involved, such as speed, alcohol or distractions. If so, the boy could be given a citation or face criminal charges for his negligence. He could also face a lawsuit from the victims for the personal injury — and the fatality — he caused. The fact that the boy is still a minor will need to be considered, but it is still a possibility that his family will be forced to pay compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Source: CBS Miami, “Child Killed, Four Others Hurt, In I-95 Crash” No author given, Mar. 13, 2014