Venus Williams Case Demonstrates the Tragic Consequences of Driving

Fatal car accidents occur on the roads of Miami every day. Even when an accident was not caused by drunk driving, or texting while driving, or other behaviors which pose an obvious risk, it can still permanently change the lives of everyone involved. This is a lesson which tennis star Venus Williams is learning the hard way. Miami area residents and visitors have long trusted Gerson & Schwartz to protect their legal rights after any car accident. Gerson and Schwatz, PA  employ some of the best car accident attorneys  in Miami, Florida when it comes to negotiating and litigating injury claims arising from car, truck or motorcycle accidents, and many other types of personal injuries.

A Simple Accident That Changed Lives Forever

On June 9, 2017, Venus Williams was driving near her home in Palm Beach Gardens. She entered an intersection on a green light but was stuck in the intersection after the light turned red, due to stopped traffic ahead of her. Linda Barson, driving the opposite direction, drove through her green light into the intersection, where she collided with Williams’ sport utility vehicle. Witnesses initially told investigators that Williams ran the red light., Body camera footage from a responding officer showed him telling her that she had the right of way when she entered the intersection, but lost it when the light turned red. He declined to issue her a traffic citation because she “got stuck in a bad situation” and he felt she should “let the insurance companies work it out”. Barson suffered minor injuries, and her husband – a passenger in the vehicle – was initially conscious but disoriented. After fourteen days in the hospital, he died of internal bleeding, a fractured spine, and massive internal organ damage.

There have not been any claims that Williams was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. Released camera footage of the accident does not show her using a phone or otherwise becoming distracted (though Ms. Barson’s attorneys have demanded the release of Williams’ phone records in order to confirm that fact). At present, the entire incident seems to have been a tragic event caused by Williams becoming stuck in an intersection. Such incidents occur to drivers every day: this one just happened to have fatal consequences.

There is no way to avoid every possible danger on the road. Still, drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in an accident by driving defensively. Always pay attention to your surroundings. Notice what is happening with traffic ahead of you. Never assume that another driver will yield the right of way – even when it is legally yours.


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With over forty-six years of legal experience, the lawyers of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. have the skill and knowledge required to protect your rights after a car accident. Our experienced Miami personal injury lawyers fight hard for the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at (877) 475-2905 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer in the greater Miami area.

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