In Florida, children are at times the victims of an automobile accident that take place in the parking lot of an apartment complex, business, shopping mall, park, or other area. Some of these parking lot accidents result in minor personal injuries while others result in very serious personal injuries. When a child is injured as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or passenger in a parking lot accident, the issues can be quite complex. Because of this, the parent or guardian of the injured child should contact a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation. The issues in a parking lot accident are as follows:
1. Duty. The driver of the automobile has a duty to drive with due care. Drivers should obey speed limit signs posted in the area and yield, when possible, to pedestrians and bicyclists. Furthermore, drive should proceed with caution when backing out of parking spaces especially in areas where children are known to reside or visit.
2. Breach of Duty. This refers to the drivers failure to drive with due care. Whether the driver was speeding or just not paying attention to the child in the area, the driver may be determined to be negligent. A driver can be deemed to breach a duty in a civil case in Florida even if the driver did not receive a citation for careless driving or speeding.
3. Causation. This refers to the link between the breach of duty and the damages. In other words, the negligent driving caused or significantly caused the injuries to the child.
4. Damages. This refers to the injuries, medical expenses, and out of pocket bills associated with the parking lot accident.
In Jacksonville, Florida, a parking lot accident was recently reported involving a 5 year old child. It was reported that a driver of a Honda hit a child as the driver was leaving the complex. Tragically, the boy was dragged for a certain distance after the vehicle hit the child. Police are investigating the incident but no charges or citations were issued as of the time of the initial news reports of the incident. See Parking Lot Accident Reported at Canopy Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida.
If a parent or guardian wants to read more about the legal and practical requirements of pursuing a personal injury case, the book – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – is available. The book has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment and Bills, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.