Drunk drivers cause serious accidents numerous times every year. Some of those incidents prove fatal, and families and friends can be horrifically affected by the sudden and devastating losses. In the aftermath of such an event, a family whose loved one was killed may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim.
A recent accident in Florida may lead to such legal action. Reports stated that a man driving a car failed to stop at a red light. As a result, his vehicle crashed into another car. The second car was carrying a 34-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man. Authorities believed that the man driving the first vehicle was under the influence at the time of the crash.
The incident resulted in both the man and woman in the second car being seriously injured, and the woman later succumbed to her injuries. The man was still considered to be in critical condition at the time of the report. Due to the outcomes of this crash, authorities are pursuing charges of DUI manslaughter and DUI causing serious bodily injury against the other driver. He was still in custody on a $50,000 bail after making an initial court appearance at which he pleaded not guilty.
The family of the woman killed in this Florida crash are undoubtedly heartbroken over their sudden loss. In order to contend with the emotional and financial difficulties they will likely face, they have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. Similarly, the seriously injured man can pursue personal injury claims for his own financial relief. If the other driver is convicted of the criminal charges brought against him, the chances of success for civil claims may increase.
Source: tampabay.com, “One music teacher dies of injuries from Pinellas Park crash; another remains in critical condition“, Aug. 15, 2016
In 1980, Jack J. Fine founded the law firm now known as Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, they are a well-respected personal injury law firm providing individualized service to people and families across Gainesville who have been harmed due to the negligence of others.