Fatal accidents give the victim’s family certain legal options that are outlined in the state’s wrongful death statute. A civil lawsuit is necessary to collect damages from the party responsible.
The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal accident in the Tallahassee area near Suwannee County.
Pickup truck and SUV collide on County Road 136
The state police believe the incident began at about 7:45pm on a Sunday night on County Road 136 near the 133 Road intersection. A Chevy Silverado pickup truck and a Ford Expedition SUV were both going westbound on CR-136. Authorities do not know exactly what triggered the car collision, but the two vehicles made contact with each other and ended up going off of the road surface. They believe that the Ford hit a tree after it went off of the road, and then flipped over. The Chevy started to turn over as it left the road, then came to rest against a tree and a fence nearby.
The driver of the Chevy was a 32 year old male, who was pronounced dead shortly after emergency crews arrived on the scene. The Ford vehicle contained a driver and one other passenger who were both transported to the local University of Florida Health hospital with serious injuries. Neither of the drivers wore a safety belt at the time of the collision. Authorities also believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, but they plan to conduct a full investigation before making any conclusions. The identities of the victims were not released at the time of the news report.
Getting help after a deadly car accident
Some accidents are severe enough that they cause fatalities. When this happens, the victim’s family members are allowed to bring a civil case against the person or business responsible that is similar to most other personal injury lawsuits. Florida’s wrongful death statute outlines how this can be done, and it is usually a spouse or child of the victim that can bring the case. They can be compensated for the victim’s funeral and burial, along with future lost wages and medical expenses.
When alcohol is involved in a civil car accident lawsuit
The news story mentioned that alcohol may have been involved in the crash. When a drunk driver causes an accident, they will be prosecuted by the state, but a civil lawsuit can still be filed against the driver regardless of what happens with the criminal case. A plaintiff’s attorney can use the drunk driving charge as strong evidence of negligence that can help their client’s case.
Speak with a lawyer in Tallahassee about your accident
There are personal injury attorneys who dedicate their practice to helping local accident victims. For more information about how a lawyer can assist you, contact:
902 N. Duval St., Tallahassee, FL 32303