Student Loses Leg to Automobile Accident at Archbishop McCarthy High School – Legal Rights of Pedestrian and Legal Responsibilities of Driver and Owner of Vehicle

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In Broward County, Florida, it was reported that a high school student was hit by an automobile at Archbishop McCarthy High School. The 17 year old senior was serving as an ambassador host to younger students (8th graders) visiting the school. The student was hit by an elderly woman who was driving a Toyota Corolla. It was reported that for some reason – the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the student. This was truly a horrific and tragic incident for the student and her family to have to deal with for many years to come. Due to the severity of the injury, the student was airlifted by helicopter for treatment at Memorial Regional Hospital located in Hollywood, Florida. See Student Suffers Lose of Leg Resulting from Pedestrian / Automobile Accident at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Broward County, Florida.

Florida like other States has laws in place for the protection of pedestrians. With the privileges of driving the State of Florida come the responsibility to drive safe and remain alert any time that a person is operating a motor vehicle. Florida also has what is called the Dangerous Instrumentality doctrine. This doctrine provides that there is liability / financial responsibility of both the driver AND the owner of vehicle when negligence is the cause of injuries and damages.

Due to the presence of children, school zones and parking lots can be dangerous areas and often times are the site of incidents like the one that took place at Archbishop McCarthy High School. Safe driving is a must in and near school zones and parking lots.