After a car crash takes place, it may take investigators some time before they are able to definitively determine what caused the accident. When information about a car accident is not immediately available, the families of any victims of the incident may find themselves putting their lives on hold as they await answers. In many cases, the information resulting from an investigation plays a substantial role in legal claims filed as a result of crashes.
Claims potentially filed after a recent accident in Florida may hinge on such information. It was reported that the crash involved two vehicles, though specific details about the incident were not available at the time of the report. It was noted that police suspected that speed and failure to maintain the correct lane were possible contributing factors.
The crash resulted in one driver involved suffering fatal injuries. The other driver was reported as being in critical condition. Their ages and other identifying information were not disclosed in the report. Authorities were continuing their investigation, and additional information relating to the crash may become available at a later time.
Due to the outcomes of this car accident, it would not be unlikely for a civil claim to result. If the deceased driver is considered at fault, the surviving individual may have cause to file a personal injury claim against that driver’s estate. On the other hand, if the surviving driver is deemed responsible, the family of the victim may wish to look into filing a wrongful death claim. Depending on the outcomes of the investigation, either case could potentially lead to compensation for damages permitted under Florida law.
Source: wesh.com, “Sanford police investigate fatal crash on US 17-92“, Aug. 27, 2016