A young girl, only 8-years-old, tragically died in a devastating car accident in Miramar, Florida as she was on her way to the first day of school with her mother.  The mother was operating the family’s minivan when it collided with a pickup truck at Miramar Boulevard and Red Road in Miramar.

The young girl was ejected from the minivan as a result of the collision and was trapped under the wreckage of the vehicles.  She was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL., but she did not survive.

The mother was injured but later listed in fair condition and there was also a toddler in the vehicle who was strapped into a car seat and apparently left unharmed.  The 8-year-old girl was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  The driver of the pickup truck was not seriously injured.

Witnesses claim that the minivan may have run a red light at the intersection, but officials have not yet finished their investigation into the matter.

This tragic story is yet another example of how a brief moment of driver negligence can tragically alter lives without warning. While no amount of insurance coverage will be able to compensate this family for the suffering they will go through, it can still serve as a reminder to other drivers that car accidents will happen and that it’s important to be prepared and to ensure that every occupant of a vehicle is properly restrained.

Regarding auto insurance on South Florida vehicles, the State of Florida does not require drivers to carry bodily injury coverage on their auto insurance policy. We consider this to be absurd.  This means if someone hits you and you sustain injuries, you have no claim to seek compensation under the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. This is even more important in areas like Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Hollywood, Davie, Aventura, Miami and other cities throughout South Florida, where there is a high percentage of uninsured and underinsured drivers. For this reason, it is beneficial for drivers to carry as much uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on their auto policy as they can afford because this coverage may help provide compensation in the event you are involved in a South Florida car accident with an uninsured driver.

For more information on this topic or any other, please feel free to contact the Schulman Law Group at (954) 349-3300, or at info@schulaw.com