Christopher Hall, 25, was killed in a car accident in Boynton Beach, Florida on Christmas Day. Also in the vehicle, was a 2 year old boy who was miraculously uninjured. According to news reports, Christopher Hall was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis around 11:00 a.m. Christmas morning when he came across a car accident in the 3400 block of North Seacrest Boulevard.
In response, Christopher Hall sped up and swerved into the southbound lanes. Then his car flipped over and struck a concrete power pole.
Fire fighters were able to rescue Christopher Hall from the wreckage after trying to free him for over 15 minutes. Hall was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Police report that the 2 year old boy, whose name has not been released, was secured in a child seat and did not sustain any known injuries.
Given my perspective as an injury lawyer, this case has a number of important legal issues. Depending on what happened, the family of Christopher Hall may have a substantial claim for wrongful death. If the 2 year old boy is Christopher Hall’s son, he may be able to bring the claim on behalf of Hall’s estate.
In any event, a successful injury case has three components:
1) The victim must have sustained a quantifiable injury.
2) The defendant must have done something negligent to cause the injury.
3) The defendant must be collectible, meaning, he/she must have insurance or enough personal asset to pay the victim in accordance with any settlement agreement or judgment.
When it comes to Christopher Hall’s death, it is clear that the injury element is met. No injury is worse than death. However, the ultimate success of any potential legal action in this case will hinge on the second and third elements.
Most importantly, the main question in this case will surround Christopher Hall’s decision to veer into the southbound lanes of North Seacrest Boulevard.
Why did he take that action? Was it unavoidable due to the car accident? When did the car accident happen? Was it contemporaneous with his accident or were they already in the road way for quite some time?
Did the people in the other accident fail to clear the roadway in a timely fashion? Obviously if they were injured that would be impossible, but if they obstructed the roadway in what was likely a minor fender bender, they may be held accountable.
The bottom line is this, if Christopher Hall died as a result of reasonable evasive maneuvers he took in response to the actions of these other motorists, the other motorist are the reason why he was killed.
Injury attorneys will need to analyze the facts of both crash investigations. Witness statements, photographs, crash reports, and other evidence must be thoroughly examined to determined what happened.
Finally, the last element of a successful injury case is also yet to be seen. Once crash reports become available to Christopher Hall’s injury lawyers, they will be able to determine what insurance each party had, if any. Injury attorneys will also be able to investigate private assets owned by each party, such as real estate.
At the end of the day, cases like these have very complicated legal issues that require the experience and knowledge of a skilled injury attorney. As much of a loss as this case surely is for Christopher Hall’s family is, especially on Christmas, his survivors have the right to obtain compensation for their loss.
Some things cannot be healed by money. When I say that, I am mostly thinking of that little boy. If Christopher Hall is the boy’s father, then the boy undoubtedly lost something that money could never replace.
Thankfully, Christopher was a responsible driver and made sure that the 2 year old boy was secured in a baby seat. Based on my experience, I am very certain that this one fact is the reason why this little boy is alive and well today.
My condolences go out to Christopher Hall’s family. I am sorry this had to happen on Christmas. Hopefully they will seek solace from their grief sometime soon.