Palm Beach County Truck Crash Kills 8-Year-Old Bicyclist

An 8-Year-old West Palm Beach school boy died this afternoon in a Greenacres, Florida truck accident. The Palm Beach County bicycle accident happened as Elian Rojas and his father were going home from school.

According to police, Elian, who was riding his bike, and his dad were on the sidewalk on Jog Road and getting ready to cross 13th Road South when a delivery truck hit him. As of Wednesday afternoon, it was not known whether the trucker is facing criminal charges. Investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened.

Our West Palm Beach personal injury law firm wants to remind you that if you or your loved one was seriously injured in a South Florida car accident, you must explore your legal options as soon as possible. Although Florida requires that all motorists carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, some injuries are so serious and costly that you will need to file a Palm Beach injury lawsuit against the responsible motorist and any other liable parties. Also, the opportunity for your Palm Beach injury lawyer’s team to examine vehicle and road damage while the evidence is still fresh, as well as talk to witnesses while the accounts are still vivid in their minds, can prove invaluable to your case.

In a state where year round people tend to spend time outdoors walking, biking, skating, skateboarding, or running, South Florida pedestrian and bicycle accidents are all too common occurrences. Just this past Tuesday, a Boca Raton pedestrian accident claimed the life of 54-year-old Roberta Tenenbaum when she was struck by 2005 GMC Yukon as she crossed Lyons Road. She died at the Boca Raton car accident site. An investigation into what happened is under way.

Boy, 8, struck and killed by truck in Greenacres, Sun-Sentinel, September 8, 2010
Woman, 54, killed crossing road in suburban Boca Raton Tuesday night, Palm Beach Post, September 8, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Florida Department of Transportation
Bicycling and Skating Safety Fact Sheet, SafeKids.Org
Car Accidents with Pedestrians, Nolo