Miami is an epicenter of cultural events where diverse communities throng together for carnivals, music festivals, and celebrations. In a tragic accident, a woman was killed at the annual Miami Broward One Carnival and parade that honors the Caribbean culture. According to reports, a 54-year-old woman was struck by a trailer and killed in a tragic accident. The victim was participating in the parade in costume as a masquerader from the Mascots International Mas Band when she dropped her cell phone on her way to the main stage. When she bent over to pick up the phone between a truck and trailer, the box truck started up and she was struck by the rolling trailer.
Investigations continue, but witnesses report the box truck was hitched to a trailer and at a stop so that the dancers could perform for event judges. The victim was struck by the trailer during the performance and suffered fatal injuries. She was rushed to the Kendall Regional Trauma Center, but later passed away. This is a tragic case involving a preventable accident that demands a thorough and independent investigation. The victims’ family may be entitled to significant compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and other losses related to the accidental death.
Heavy traffic, moving vehicles, alcohol, tents, and other hazards at public events can pose a risk of injury or fatality for attendees. In the event of an accident an experienced advocate should review the evidence, identify the cause of injury, and pursue relevant claims against individuals or entities. Liability at public events can be complicated. In this case, an investigation can determine whether the parade had proper oversight, whether the driver was under the influence or had been negligent, and what other factors may have contributed to the accident.
Liability could fall on parade organizers, property owners, the company that owned the vehicle, or the driver. Important questions must be asked: Was the event organizer negligent? Did the vendor create a dangerous situation or act negligently? Is the municipality responsible for failing to safeguard parade participants? An accident at a public venue or public event demands a swift and comprehensive investigation. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys are experienced with all aspects of litigation, from initial investigations through trial.
In addition to the dangers of public events and motor vehicles, this case is also an example of the dangers of cell phones. Texting and walking, biking, or driving are known hazards. Dropping a cell phone and reaching to pick it up without being aware of potential risks can also be deadly. This has been called a “freak accident,” but the death likely could have been prevented with proper precaution and foresight.
Initial reports indicate that the truck ran over the victim’s leg and that she went into cardiac arrest. Miami Broward One Carnival organizers issued a statement regarding the casualty. The Miami-Dade Police Department is completing an investigation. According to media reports, the victim had an 18-year-old son who had recently lost his grandmother. The family has consulted with an attorney but did not offer immediate comments on their plans to pursue a wrongful death claim.
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