When children are around drivers need to be extra alert and take extra caution. Unfortunately accidents happen and children get hit by drivers.
According to Stuart Police, a 6-year-old sustained non-life-threatening injuries after the child was struck by a vehicle on the evening of Oct. 3 in Stuart, FL. Police said the pedestrian accident occurred on Asterwood Lane shortly before 8 p.m. The injured child was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The Stuart Police Department said they are looking for a 2006-2009 white Ford Taurus operated by a brown-haired male driver who could be between 40 and 50 years old.
People on foot are vulnerable when faced with oncoming vehicles, but the likelihood of getting hit and sustaining serious injuries is greater for some groups of pedestrians, such as the elderly individuals and small children. They may also find it difficult to remember the details of the crash, which may make it very challenging for investigators to get a clearer picture of what actually happened.
It’s a crime in Florida to leave the scene of a traffic accident. Operators of motor vehicles involved in road accidents are required to stop at the scene, regardless of whether or not they are negligent. It’s the responsibility of drivers to provide the necessary aid to the crash victim and to cooperate in the investigation. This responsibility has nothing to do with fault or negligence.
Since Florida is a no-fault state, injured pedestrians who have a car insurance policy are covered by their policy. In this case, the victim is a young child who is not expected to have a car insurance policy. The parents of the injured child may however investigate obtaining compensation through the PIP benefits of their auto insurance policy.