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Three Children Amongst Injured in Columbia County Auto Collision

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The Gainesville Automobile Collision Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. take note of a two-vehicle crash, in which multiple victims, including 3 children sustained injury. The auto accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on March 22, 2014 along State Road 247 in Columbia County. Michael Peter Baker was the 70-year-old driver of a 2011 Kia Sedona, headed south on SR 247. Headed north on SR 247, was the 29-year-old driver of a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck, Stephen Pizarroz. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when Baker, who was attempting to turn right onto Monk Way, drove directly into Pizarroz’s path, striking the left-front of Pizarroz’s truck, with the right-front of his Sedona.

Both Pizarroz and Baker, were injured in the T-bone crash and transported to UF Health Shands Hospital. Also injured, was Baker’s 62-year-old passenger, Bonita Louise Harper, who was taken to UF Shands for serious injuries. Most unfortunate, however, is that both vehicles had children aboard, each of whom sustained injury in the collision as well. Pizarroz’s 8-year-old passenger, Alana Chapin was seriously injured and transported via ambulance to Shands. Baker’s passengers, 13-year-old Jessica Harper, and 7-year-old Dakota Harper, were taken to Lake City Medical Center. According to reports, the teen sustained minor injuries, while the younger of the two siblings suffered serious injuries. Although the investigation is ongoing, Florida Highway Patrol states that charges are pending.

Our thoughts are with the victims of this incident, as they recovery from their injuries. As Auto Collision Attorneys, the injury team at the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. understands the devastating impact that an accident can have on not only the injured, but on an entire family as well. When the negligent actions of a  motorist cause catastrophic injury to another, we believe that, following immediate necessary medical treatment, the victim should seek the compensation deserved for their losses.

In some cases, the victim of an accident is unable to assert a claim on their own behalf. There are two primary scenarios where this may occur—(1) the accident involved a fatality; or (2) the injured is a minor child. Fortunately, there are remedial measures available to the victim’s family members. In the first scenario, compensation for a victim’s death can be sought in what is referred to as a Wrongful Death Action.

In the second scenario, where the victim is unable to assert their own claim for injuries due to their minority status, the parents or guardians of the injured will generally need to assist in the process of seeking justice and compensation. In regards to the three minor children injured in the accident between Baker and Pizarroz, this scenario would apply, particularly due to the fact that the children will not reach age of majority prior to the expiration of the statutory time limit to assert a claim.

The Auto Accident Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. do hope that the measures are taken to ensure adequate protection of each victim’s legal rights, particularly those of the children involved. If you have been injured, our legal team can evaluate your case and discuss your legal options and entitlement to compensation.

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