The loss of young life can take a considerable toll on the family members left behind. Too often young people are the victims of accidents, and working to deal with the grief and other hardships stemming from such events can be immensely difficult. When a car accident proves fatal, the family members of the victims may wish to determine whether taking legal action could help their situations.
It was recently reported that a fatal accident took place in Florida. There was apparently only one vehicle involved in the incident, and the driver was reported as being an 18-year-old male. He lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway. As a result, the car crashed into a tree. Both the driver and front-seat passenger were thrown from the vehicle.
The driver and the 17-year-old passenger both suffered fatal injuries. A second passenger in the vehicle had to be freed from the wreckage by emergency crews, and that 18-year-old man was transported from the scene with critical injuries. At the time of the report, authorities were uncertain as to whether speed played a role in the crash.
Because this type of car accident could lead to expenses relating to funeral arrangements and/or medical bills, it is possible that wrongful death and personal injury claims could be warranted. The families of the deceased and the injured passenger may wish to file such claims against the parties considered responsible if they wish to seek compensation for damages permitted under Florida law. In this instance, the estate of the driver and anyone else with listed as a registered owner of the vehicle may be named as defendants. Additional information on these legal options may help them during the decision-making process.
Source: miamiherald.com, “2 teens killed, 1 injured when car slams into a tree“, Carli Teproff, Nov. 21, 2016