NFL Player Tragically Loses Father in Florida Car Accident
A local connection to a player in the NFL recently made national headlines for a tragic reason. The Miami-Dade Police Department recently announced that Captain Tyrone White was killed in an off-duty car accident. In addition to being a local leader in law enforcement, Captain White was the father of NFL running back James White of the New England Patriots. Sadly, he was pronounced dead on the scene of the two-car crash in Cooper City where deputies reportedly found one car flipped over and the other on fire. His wife Lisa was airlifted to the hospital, along with an unnamed third person, where she remains hospitalized. Broward County Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are still investigating the crash, the cause of which has not yet been released to the public.
The Potential Dangers of Cars
Because driving is such a common and routine activity, most of us don’t give it much thought when we climb behind the wheel. However, in reality, every single ride carries the potential of any of us ending up in a car accident that results in unexpected injuries. Approximately 3 million people in the U.S. are injured in car accidents every year, and for roughly 2 million of those people, the injuries will become permanent. In addition, more than 90 people die in car accidents in this country every day.
What Should You Do if You Are Involved in a Car Accident?
- Call 9-1-1 and do not admit fault. It can be easy to mix up facts and think you may have done something you didn’t actually do when you are dealing with the aftermath at the scene of the accident. Never take responsibility for the collision and know that even a well-intended apology can be interpreted differently.
- Never leave the scene. Even if you think the accident is a minor one, don’t drive away from the scene of an accident. In addition to the fact that leaving an accident scene is illegal, it also lessons your credibility for any personal injury claim you later file.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the surrounding area. If you are physically able, take pictures with your phone of the scene of the accident including impacted guard rails, tread marks, and any places where you see paint from the vehicles or parts that fell off.
- Record the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses. You should also make a point of writing a note for yourself as soon as time allows with details such as what the person is wearing and what he or she witnessed.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. While you can pursue a claim on your own, your chances of obtaining the compensation that you deserve are always better when you have an experienced legal team on your side.
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If you or a loved one is involved in any kind of accident resulting in injuries, or if you have lost a person you cared about, it is important to seek both medical and legal help immediately if you suspect the accident occurred because of the negligent behavior of someone else. As the dynamic Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys of the Pendas Law Firm, we offer the experience and assistance you can rely on in this difficult time. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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