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.
The Criminal and Civil Consequences of the Crash
Whether or not Schneider is charged with one or more crimes waits to be seen. It will depend on the outcome of the police investigation and the prosecutor’s analysis of the case. However, there is already a great deal of evidence supporting negligent driving. This evidence can be used by the Breanha Free-Baker and Robyn Underwood’s family during a Florida wrongful death claim. If you recently lost a relative in a car crash in South Florida, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Miami car accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz P.A. Whether or not you have a valid wrongful death claim depends on several factors, including whether or not there is evidence of another person’s careless, reckless, or intentional misconduct behind the wheel. Our firm has decades of experience handling fatal car crash claims, and we will carefully review your circumstances to determine if a wrongful death claim exists, and if so, who may file and benefit from the claim.
Fatal Car Crash Compensation
When another person’s careless or reckless driving is responsible for a deadly car crash that killed your parent, spouse, or child, then you may have the right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Our Miami car accident attorneys can guide you through this process and will fight hard for you to receive the maximum amount for:
- Medical expenses that arise between the time of the crash and your loved one’s death
- Funeral and burial expenses that family members paid
- Loss of the deceased individual’s income
- Loss of deceased individual’s companionship, society, and support
- Family member’s emotional distress, mental anguish, and grief
Let Gerson & Schwartz P.A. Help You After a Deadly Crash
Losing a loved one unexpectedly in a car accident is devastating. It leaves a hole in your life. Our car accident attorneys in Miami understand a wrongful death claim will not fill that void. It will not bring your loved one back. However, it can offer a small amount of justice and it can provide you with compensation you need to move forward. The wrongful death compensation can ensure your family does not suffer financially. To talk with Gerson & Schwartz P.A. about how we can help, call (305) 371-6000.