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The fatal auto accident occurred a short time after 3:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The male victim, who has yet to be identified, was walking on the right side of Southwest 18th Street, which is located near Military Trail in Boca Raton, FL. The victim was moving across the roadway’s right turn lane and the right through lane as a motor vehicle traveling westbound on the street began to move into the right turn lane.

The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old Boca Raton resident, struck the victim. The motorist later told law enforcement officials that the victim made a sudden movement in front of the car and that there was no way to anticipate the action or stop the car prior to impact.

An official police report indicated that the driver attempted to swerve to the left of the road prior to impact. As a result, the pedestrian was struck by the right front corner of the automobile. The pedestrian then slammed into the windshield, with the force of impact further throwing the victim off the top of the car and onto the ground.

The motorist brought the vehicle to a stop and dialed 911 to alert local police. Emergency medical responders subsequently rushed to the scene of the pedestrian accident, but they were unable to save the victim’s life. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy, but it is fully expected that coroners will determine that the victim’s cause of death was catastrophic injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) is currently investigating the fatal crash and attempting to determine exactly what happened in the moments before the accident. At this time, the driver has not been cited for any traffic violations, nor has he been criminally charged with manslaughter or any other crime in connection with the crash.

Liability for Pedestrian Accidents in Palm Beach County

Regardless of the outcome of the official police investigation into the recent Boca Raton pedestrian accident, it is possible that the family of the victim will be able to file a wrongful death claim against the motorist. That’s because anyone operating a motor vehicle in Florida has a legal obligation to pay attention to the roadway and obey all traffic laws. When a motorist negligently causes a fatal pedestrian accident, the family members of the victim can potentially seek damages in the form of a wrongful death action.

Determining liability for a pedestrian accident is often difficult, especially when the only witness to the accident is the surviving motorist. That’s why it is imperative that anyone who has been involved in a pedestrian accident, or who has lost a loved one in an accident, have a qualified personal injury attorney on their side. A skilled personal injury attorney may be able to help you get compensation to cover your medical bills and related expenses, or get justice for your loss in the case of a wrongful death.

If you tragically lost a loved one in a fatal car accident in Palm Beach County, Florida, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney. The experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. are here to assist you and handle the complicated legal matters during this difficult time. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.

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