A fiery crash left one person dead in Miami, Florida earlier this week. According to Miami police, the accident occurred at 11:46 pm at the intersection of Northwest 103rd Street and Northwest 22nd Avenue. The car accident involved a stolen Acura, who was traveling down 22nd Avenue at a high rate of speed when he collided with the victim, who was traveling west on 103rd Street. Upon impact, the other vehicle flipped over, crashed into an adjacent business, and burst into flames, which, according to one witness, were so huge that “there was no way anybody could survive”. According to a Miami-Dade police officer, the victim was unable to exit the vehicle and died inside. The business also sustained damage from the fire.
Police arrested the driver of the stolen Acura and, in addition to arresting him for the stolen vehicle, also charged him with having a stolen gun.
Neither the victim nor the suspect have been identified.
In the case at hand, both the business (and building, depending on whether or not the business owner owns the building that was damaged) owner and the victim suffered damages and, as a result, are likely able to file a lawsuit against the driver of the Acura. As to the building owner, they can sue in order to receive compensation for the damage that the fire caused their property. As the victim was killed in the accident, his or her right to seek compensation passes to any surviving family members who were dependent on their support, such as a spouse, children or, in some cases, parents and siblings. Such a lawsuit is known as a Florida wrongful death action. If successful, the surviving family members could receive damages meant to compensate them for their financial losses. These damages are meant to replace the value of money that the deceased would have earned had they not been killed (i.e., lost wages that would have been earned until the deceased’s estimated date of retirement).
To learn more about Florida’s wrongful death statute, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today and schedule your free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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