May 24th, 2013 - by DKRPA
A young child was hurt in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida last week when a negligent driver slammed into him. The 12-year-old boy was hospitalized with minor injuries, so thankfully the incident was not as bad as it could have been.
According to investigators, the young boy was on his bike and attempting to cross an intersection when the vehicle collided with him. The driver of the vehicle apparently performed a “rolling stop,” giving the boy little chance to escape the car accident.
Even though the collision occurred at “a very low rate of speed,” according to Division Chief familiar with the situation, this young boy has been hurt because of another’s negligence. More than the physical pain he has suffered; the 12-year-old may suffer some mental anguish from this as well. He may be very scared to cross the street now, or he may have a fear of getting on his bikes. The 12-year-old may come to fear traffic situations in general.
That may sound like an exaggeration or an extreme take on the wake of this collision. However, the mental aspect of car or traffic accidents often has a tremendous impact on a victim’s life. Fear, depression and general malaise can take over an accident victim. When this suffering comes at the hands of a negligent driver, sometimes criminal law (if it even applies) is not enough justice. Civil action can be taken by the victims of such accidents, affording them the chance to earn compensation for the ordeal they have been through.
Source: WPTV, “Child on bike suffers minor injuries in Palm Beach Gardens car accident,” Laura Santos, May 14, 2013