Articles Posted in Car Accidents

Breanha Free-Baker, 17, her mother Michelle Free-Baker, 40, and her grandmother Robyn Underwood, 61, were driving to dinner on a Saturday night when they were struck by another vehicle head on. A vehicle speeding down Hillsboro Boulevard crossed over the median and into the Free-Baker’s vehicle and several other cars. Breanha and her grandmother died in the crash. Breanha was a senior at Coral Glades High School. Michelle Free-Baker and a driver of another vehicle, Melanie Perozin, were injured and hospitalized at Broward Health North after the crash. If you were recently hurt or lost a loved one in a crash, contact a car accident lawyer for Miami at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. You can reach out to us through our online form or you can call (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Who Caused the Crash?

According to local reports, the at-fault driver was Andrea Schneider, 21. Schneider has a history of driving offenses and criminal convictions. Schneider had been convicted of driving without a license and driving on a suspended license several times in the past. At the time of the crash, she was on probation for trespassing in an occupied structure. It is unclear whether she had a valid license.The crash remains under investigation. Police currently do not know whether drugs or alcohol were involved, though this has not been ruled out.

On December 5, Carmelo Gonzalez, 44, was driving north on the Florida Turnpike near Quail Roost Drive. Another driver cut Gonzalez off and he lost control of his Toyota vehicle. Gonzalez’s vehicle left the road and he slammed into a tree. The car struck the tree on the driver’s side, trapping Gonzalez in the car. First responders from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were surprised to find Gonzalez alive. They worked for over an hour to free him from the vehicle, so he could receive medical attention. He is suffering from two broken legs and a broken arm. He is expected to stay in the hospital for several weeks and has a long recovery ahead of him.

There were no reports on whether the vehicle that led to the single-vehicle crash was identified or whether that driver was ticketed. In accidents like these, another driver may not be found at fault. However, if the other driver can be identified, it may be possible for the crash victim to pursue personal injury compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.

If you were injured in a crash that was caused because of another person’s careless or reckless driving, contact a car accident lawyer from Gerson & Schwartz P.A. at (877) 475-2905. We are here to investigate your situation and advise you of your right to pursue compensation. If you have a valid claim, we will represent you in seeking a full and fair car accident settlement.

Natalie Farber, 75, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash. Farber is a retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher and tennis coach. She suffered several broken bones due to the crash, including a fractured skull, according to her husband Frank Farber, and recently underwent her third surgery. The crash occurred around 2 p.m. when Farber was walking near Bedlington Road and Fairway Drive in Miami Lakes, FL. The vehicle struck Farber as she was walking. The driver did not remain at the scene of the collision. When Farber was discovered, she was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. The driver responsible for the accident is still being sought by police. Due to the hit and run, the matter is a criminal investigation. If the driver is discovered, Farber has a strong personal injury claim against them and could pursue compensation for her medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. If you or a loved one were recently injured in a hit-and-run crash, you should speak with a Miami hit and run attorney about your rights. One of our highly experienced lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. can help you navigate the aftermath of the accident. We will review whether you have an insurance policy that will cover your injuries. If so, we can represent you during the insurance claim process and fight for you to receive appropriate compensation. You can reach us through our online form or by calling (305) 371-6000.

Miami-Dade County Hit-and-Run Crash Statistics

In early 2018, the Florida Highway Patrol released Florida’s 2017 hit and run statistics. That year, the FHP stated there were 98,000 hit-and-run crashes, which accounted for about 24 percent of all crashes. Additionally, a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that Florida was in the top three states for hit-and-run crashes, based on per capita rates. Between 2006 and 2016, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida had the highest rates of fatal hit and runs. In 2006, hit and run fatalities in Florida were 195. By 2016, hit and run fatalities in the state had increased to 206. The lowest rates were in 2010 and 2011, when Florida had only 135 hit and run fatalities both years.

Florida and much of the south has a distinct advantage when it comes to holiday driving—there is lower chance of bad weather. The temperatures in Miami and around the state fall a little, but not where near the temperatures needed for snow, sleet, and freezing rain, like what is experienced on the east coast and in the Midwest. This lack of severe weather makes it a bit safer to drive around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, these holidays are still known for a high rate of car crashes and fatalities.

As we approach Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season, Florida drivers need to prepare for getting about safely and avoiding crashes. If you are in a collision over the holidays this year, do not hesitate to contact a Miami car accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. at (877) 475-2905.

The Holidays, Drunk Driving, and Car Crashes

Around 7:40 p.m. on October 31, Halloween night, police received a report of a crash near Griffin Road and Davie Road. Carlos Alvarado Amaya, 45, was crossing the street with his two young children when he and one child were struck by a vehicle. His five-year-old daughter was struck by the vehicle and died at the scene. The other child, roughly 2 years old, was taken to a nearby hospital. She suffered a laceration to her head and was reunited with her mother. The father and two children were returning home from trick-or-treating.

The driver, a 30-year-old woman, in a silver Cadillac remained on the scene. Police do not yet know if drugs, alcohol, or speed were factors in the accident, though initial appearances indicate they were not. Police do know that Amaya and his children were in a designated crosswalk, but the streetlights were not on and it was a busy street.

If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a vehicle-pedestrian crash, do not hesitate to contact our Miami pedestrian accident lawyers from Gerson & Schwartz P.A. We are here to help you determine who is liable for the crash, and when appropriate, pursue compensation for your injuries or loss. Call us at (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free consultation.

In mid-September, a Miami-Dade Transit Metrobus was involved in a collision with a pickup truck at Northwest 54th Street and Second Avenue. The bus was headed north on Second around 9 a.m. when it collided with a Ford Ranger. The crash led to the bus diverting off the road and running into a clothing store, Omega Fashions.The incident led to a significant amount of property damage and injuries. The bus crushed two support columns for the 1926 building. This caused there to be significant delays in removing the bus from the Little Haiti building. The two individuals in the pickup truck were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The driver of the bus and seven passengers were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are investigating the crash. Initial witness reports state the pickup truck was speeding and the bus did not have time to avoid a crash. If you were involved in a crash while riding a public transit bus, contact our experienced Miami bus accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. We will carefully review your situation and advise you on the best next steps. When someone else was at fault for the accident and your injuries, we can help you pursue compensation. Call us at (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free consultation.

Pursuing Compensation After a Crash

If you or a relative were harmed in a bus crash, you should speak with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may face a complicated insurance process, dealing with complex legal issues, and will benefit from having a lawyer communicate with the insurer’s representative while fighting for your rights and to seek the maximum amount of compensation that the law permits for you.

On October 1st, one driver to offense to another person’s driving and caused a serious crash. On Northwest 46th Avenue, in Lauderhill, Florida, one driver claims another cut him off. The offended driver decided to follow the other vehicle in order to record his license plate. However, in his pursuit, he clipped the other vehicle. This led to a crash, which included one of the vehicles rolling over. The vehicles came extremely close to colliding with a home. Both drivers were cited for traffic violations and walked away with minor injuries. This is a lucky result—road range incidents often result in more significant crashes and injuries.

If you were injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the other driver’s road rage, call an experienced car accident lawyer at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. right away. We help car accident victims pursue compensation in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We will fight hard for you to receive full and fair compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries. Call us today at (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free consultation.

What Is Road Rage?

On Tuesday, September 18, a crash was reported on Northwest 163rd Street and North Miami Avenue around 8:30 am. Two vehicles, a Nissan Altima and Honda CR-V, collided at the two-way stop. A 12-year-old girl, Carelle Philogene, was pronounced dead at the scene. The young girl was in the Honda CR-V with two adults. Seven others were injured: Durocher Querette, Solange Querette, Milton Vassell Jr., Martin Aristide, Ricardy Thimothee, Wendy Duperat, and an unidentified 6-year-old boy. Multiple adults were reported as being in critical condition. Others suffered minimal injuries and were treated at the scene. Young children are particularly at risk for injury and death in car accidents. If your child was hurt or killed in a collision, contact our Miami car accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. You can contact us online or call (877) 475-2905 to schedule a free consultation.

Children Car Accident Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 723 children ages 12 years old and younger died in car accidents in 2016. The same year, more than 128,000 young children were injured in crashes. Of the children who died in accidents, 35 percent were not buckled up. They were not wearing seat belts or secured in a proper child safety seat. Also, a CDC study found that in one year, more than 618,000 children younger than 12 years old rode in vehicles without a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt some of the time. These children face a significant risk of injury or death if their vehicle is in a collision. Another issue is when car seats are used—but used improperly. The CDC found an estimated 46 percent of car and booster seats are misused, reducing their effectiveness in protecting children during a crash.

On Tuesday, August 28, just before 6 a.m., students from Homestead High School were involved in a fatal crash. The accident occurred Near SW 112th Ave and SW 248th St, near the Florida Turnpike. The Miami-Dade Police have confirmed that a Scion was driving south on 112th Ave when the driver veered right onto the dirt shoulder. The driver over corrected and then veered into oncoming traffic. The Scion crashed into an SUV and a Honda Odyssey, which were both headed north on 112th Ave. The driver and passenger in the Scion, both students of Homestead High School, were ejected from the vehicle. Shandel Mio, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a freshman at Homestead High School, and he had recently moved to Florida from Peru. The other student was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center. The other vehicle’s occupants were taken to Jackson South Community Hospital with less severe injuries. If you lost a loved one or were seriously injured in a car accident   in Miami-Dade, contact Gerson & Schwartz P.A. at (305) 371-6000. We can help.

Pursuing Compensation After a Deadly Crash

After losing a loved one, such as a spouse, parent, or child, in a collision, it is hard to think about money. However, it is an ever-present issue. Following such a loss, your family can be left with many bills, emotional and psychological harm. If your loved one was transported to a hospital after a crash, you may be billed for the ambulance ride and the emergency room visit. Even with health insurance, these can be significant bills.

On Friday, August 3, a “World of Kids Transport” bus crashed on Interstate 595, in Davie, FL. The bus was transporting members of the West Pines Community Church group, who were heading to visit foster children and put on a free car wash. It was to be a day for the teenagers to volunteer in the community. The accident occurred in the eastbound lane, west of University Drive. A bus passenger, Nicole Salomon, said she saw two cars try to cut in front of the bus. Two cars skidded, turning all the way around before colliding with the bus. Ultimately, the crash involved the bus and three other cars. Four adults and 14 minors were transported to Plantation General Hospital and Broward Health medical Center due to minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, including speaking with witnesses and gathering surveillance footage from nearby businesses. If your child was injured in a bus accident in Broward or Miami-Dade County, do not hesitate to speak with an attorney about your options. Our car-bus collision lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. are here to review your situation and advise you on your right to pursue compensation. Contact us at (877) 475-2905.

Bus Crash Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gathers statistics on bus accidents along with large truck accidents. Based on the most recent 2016 data, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. The number of buses, specifically, involved in fatal crashes was 227 in 2016, a decrease of 14 percent from 2015. Between 2002 and 2016, on average, inter-city buses accounted for 13 percent of fatal accidents. School buses accounted for 40 percent, and transit buses made up 34 percent of fatal crashes. Thankfully, not all bus accidents are fatal. In 2016, there were an estimated 15,000 injury-causing crashes involving business. These accidents led to approximately 35,000 people suffering injuries.