Deadly South Florida Crash Near the Palm Beach County Line Claims the Life of Three Children, Injures Two Others
Three children were killed in a catastrophic South Florida car crash on Sunday. The driver of the vehicle, Steveroy Hansen from Broward County, is the father of two of the kids. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the traffic accident occurred on Florida’s Turnpike when the 1998 Ford Explorer they were riding experienced a tire blowout, causing the vehicle to strike the retaining wall and another SUV and rolled over. The names of the children that died are brothers Steve Hansen Jr., 11, and Stephaune Sean Hansen, 1, and family friend Laura Miller, 12. All three of them were ejected from the vehicle. Steveroy Hanson, Abigail Hansen, 8, and family friend Oliva Scott, 14, were transported to a West Palm Beach hospital for treatment of their injuries. Another driver, Barbara Ellen Allen, 50, was taken to a hospital after her Ford Escape was struck by debris from the car crash. Also treated for non-life threatening injuries was Satnarine Burton, 39. His Toyota Highlander was the vehicle struck by Hansen’s car. Police say that the kids who were ejected may have been improperly belted. The authorities are still trying to determine what happened. Rollover Accidents Every year, over 10,000 people are injured in rollover crashes. For many of those fortunate enough to survive, they may be left with severe head trauma, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, paralysis, mental trauma, emotional anguish, or other debilitating injuries. Not only is it a motorist’s responsibility to drive safely to avoid involvement in a Palm Beach rollover accident, but also, the car manufacturer must make sure that the vehicle is designed in a way that doesn’t make it likely to rollover and, if rolling over is a risk—as is common with SUV’s and 15-passenger vans—then adequate safety measures must be put in place in the vehicle protect passengers. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a Palm Beach car colllision, a number of parties can be held liable for injuries or death. Possible responsible parties may include a driver, a car manufacturer, the government entity responsible for the road where the collision happened, the manufacturer of a defective tire or another faulty auto part, and/or others. Three Kids Killed, Dad Critically Injured In Turnpike Crash, CBS Miami, April 4, 2011 Related Web Resources: Rollover, PBS Related Blog Posts: Ft. Lauderdale Car Crash on I-95 Leaves Couple that was Ejected from Vehicle in Serious Condition, Florida Injury Attorney, March 9, 2011 Woman Struck by Van Dies in Lauderhill Pedestrian Accident, Florida Injury Attorney, August 11, 2010 Family of Naples Woman Files Collier County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against School Teacher Over Fatal Florida Truck Accident, Florida Injury Attorney, June 17, 2010 Contact our Palm Beach car accident law firm to determine whether you have a case.