A 3-year-old girl was killed when her mother’s car slammed into the back of a school bus and an unsecured tablet the child was using flew into her face.
The girl’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but police say the tablet appeared to cause severe head injuries. The girl’s mother, who suffered minor injuries, told authorities the glare from the sun distracted her from slowing down before she hit the bus.
“This is a tragic accident, which will send a shudder down the spine of every parent who lets their child use a tablet or smartphone as entertainment on any car journey,” a road expert tells the post , though he notes such an incident is highly uncommon.
“We have not heard of any similar incidents but it is important to realize that in a high-speed accident any hard object which is not strapped down inside a vehicle has the potential to become a lethal projectile,” he says. Two other experts express similar sentiments, with one calling it a “freak incident” and another noting it’s “clearly a very tragic but very rare incident.”
Palm Beach Police authorities are reminding parents to pay attention to the road, watch your distance, and do not carry loose objects in the car.
Anyone with relevant information related to the crash should contact the Florida Highway Patrol or the Palm Beach County police authorities.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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