Florida infant killed after family struck by motor vehicle

Motor vehicle accidents always take a toll on those involved. However, when motor vehicles strike pedestrians, the results are almost always worse. In a recent Florida case in which a motor vehicle struck a family resulting in the death of a baby, the toll on both the family and the driver of the car is nearly unimaginable.

The accident happened on a recent Monday night in early November. According to reports, a woman and her two children were trying to cross the road when a 65-year-old female driver struck the family. The driver claims that she saw them too late to allow her to stop.

The mother and both of her children were flown to a hospital for treatment. Her 5-year-old boy suffered serious injuries, but was listed in stable condition, while the mother is reported to be in critical condition. The infant suffered life-threatening injuries and later died.

According to emergency personnel, the young mother was attempting to cross outside of a crosswalk. Authorities have not filed criminal charges against the driver and none are expected. No other information about this case has been reported.

If further investigation provides more information that leads the surviving family members to believe that the driver of the motor vehicle acted negligently, they may choose to pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims. In order for the claims to be successful, it must be proven in a Florida civil court that the driver was indeed negligent. If such claims are successful, the family may receive compensation for their accident-related losses.

Source: wtsp.com, “Child dies from injuries sustained in Largo crash“, Nov. 12, 2014

Tags: Florida, wrongful death

Wrong-way crash in Florida kills 2

One of the worst types of vehicle crashes is that of a wrong-way accident, especially along the highway. This is what happened recently when two people were killed in a crash after their vehicle was stuck by a wrong-way driver. Florida authorities indicate that the accident occurred near Crystal River on a recent Monday night.

Upon a preliminary investigation, authorities determined that the accident occurred when the driver of a Nissan SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the highway. She eventually crashed head-on into a Chevy, which was being operated by a 74-year-old woman. The driver of the Chevy died at the scene while her 75-year-old passenger was transported to the hospital.

Sadly, the passenger later died at Seven Rivers Hospital. The driver of the Nissan suffered critical injuries and was flown to another hospital. Authorities are continuing an investigation into why the driver was traveling on the wrong side of the highway and if she may have been under the influence. It’s not known if authorities are expected to file charges against the wrong-way driver.

A horrific car crash can be traumatizing for most families, especially when they learn that their loved one was killed. Wrong-way crashes and other forms of negligence cause a number of these tragedies. Although nothing will bring the victims back, the families of the deceased could have legal recourse to file wrongful death claims against the driver to recoup damages such as funeral expenses and emotional suffering.  If the driver was charged, that could be used as evidence to prove their claims in a Florida civil courtroom.

Source: bannergraphic.com, “Roachdale woman, 75, dies in Florida accident with wrong-way driver“, Oct. 28, 2014

Tags: Florida, wrongful death

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