Baby Killed In Florida Crash Due To Improper Traffic Stop
If you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to deal with children in the car. They fuss, they whine, they yell. Babies can be especially fussy, screaming at the top of their lungs for seemingly no reason.
This can be a frustrating situation for mothers and fathers when they are driving on busy freeways in traffic. They may make spur-of-the-moment decisions that can be dangerous or even deadly.
Sadly, this was recently the case in Florida. An SUV illegally stopped in the express lanes of Interstate 75 in Hollywood so that the driver could tend to an infant in the back seat. The SUV got rear-ended, killing the baby. The fatal accident occurred on the afternoon of May 11.
A 35-year-old woman was driving a GMC SUV. She had come to a complete stop on Interstate 75 and was partially between the northbound inside lane of the express lanes. The woman was tending to an infant in the back seat when the vehicle was rear-ended by a Ford truck. The impact pushed the GMC into the northwest direction. It came to rest on the express lanes of the freeway, against the concrete barrier wall. The truck also traveled towards the express lanes but came to a stop.
The infant died at the accident scene. The crash is still under investigation by Florida Highway Patrol.
When Your Baby Cries While Driving
When your baby cries while you’re driving, it can be a frustrating experience. You may be stressed enough by traffic and other issues. What should you do?
Your instinct may be to tend to your child’s needs immediately. However, driving is an action that requires the utmost safety. Therefore, your priority should be to keep yourself and motorists as safe as possible.
A crying baby can be nerve-wracking and upsetting. However, your best bet is to do the following:
- Stay calm. If you’re frustrated or distracted, you’re more likely to get into an accident. A crying baby can be distracting, but you need to stay calm and focused.
- Find a safe place to stop. Never stop in the middle of a roadway. Find a safe place to pull over and get off the road. It’s best to get off the road as far as possible. While a shoulder is OK, a parking lot is safer.
- Stay focused on the road. It’s not always possible to stop right away, especially if you’re stuck in traffic. Above all, stay focused on the road. Your baby will stop crying sooner or later. An accident will just make matters worse for everyone.
Seek Help for Your Auto Accident Case
Car accidents can happen in a number of ways. Suddenly stopping in the middle of a busy highway is a recipe for disaster.
If you were injured in a car crash, a Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident attorney from Madonna Law Group can assist you. We are prepared to deal with the issues that arise in even the most devastating of accidents. Schedule a free consultation by calling (800) 557-0411 or filling out the online form.