A recent car accident in Plantation killed three people — two stranded motorists and a good Samaritan — all in their 20s, after they were struck by a passing motorist. Two of the people killed in the accident had been involved in a one-car accident with a tree. They exited their vehicle to assess the damage, while a third person approached the scene to offer help.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the car accident happened near Northwest 69th Avenue on Broward Boulevard in Plantation. All three 20-somethings were killed when they were hit by a passing vehicle. One died at the scene, while the other two victims died later at Broward General Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle who struck the young pedestrians was taken to Westside Regional Medical Center and treated for injuries.
Our Broward County car accident attorneys understand that in just the last year, 11 people have been killed in five separate accidents involving individuals who out of their vehicles along busy South Florida roadways. Some of these victims had exited their vehicle after a minor accident, while some had stopped to offer help. According to state troopers, motorists who break down need to take a good look at their surroundings and find protected ground behind a guardrail.
“You want to get to the safest place possible,” said Sgt. Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Back in March of 2011, four people were hit and killed in Miami near 103rd Street on Interstate 95. The fatal accident happened after the group exited their vehicles just before 5 a.m., following a three-car accident. A fifth person from this accident died a few days later while being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to local police, the driver who hit them was under the influence of alcohol and fled the scene.
Then in April, the driver of a tractor trailer from Fort Lauderdale was killed as he tried to cross I-85 after he was involved in an accident.
Also in April, a passing vehicle struck and killed a 15-year-old from Miami as he helped three others push a disabled vehicle to the side of I-95. This accident happened near Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
Yet another accident happened in Palm Beach County when an 18-year-old female got out of her vehicle on I-95 right by Forest Hill Boulevard and sprinted across the interstate at 3:00 a.m. She was overlooked, hit by a passing motorists and killed.
Wysocky reminds everyone that one of the safest places you can be is behind a guardrail. If there’s no guardrail nearby, he urges people to stay as far away from traffic as possible when dealing with the aftermath of an accident or a vehicle breakdown.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale or in any of the surrounding areas, contact Fort Lauderdale injury attorney Richard Ansara at 954 761-3641 or toll-free at 877-277-3780 for a free initial consultation. Call 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
South Florida roads prove dangerous for people not in their cars, by Robert Nolin, Sun Sentinel