Over the weekend a Chillicothe resident was killed in a car accident that happened in Bay County, Florida. Killed in the crash was a 25 and 30 year old man, both of Columbus, Ohio. Two other Columbus residents and the driver of the Dodge van, a 31 year old also from Ohio, were all injured in the crash and remain in critical condition.
According to reports by the Florida Highway Patrol, the Dodge Grand Caravan that was carrying the group from Ohio was traveling west at midnight when it was stuck by a Ford F150 heading south on another road. The highway patrol says the Ford truck failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the right side of the Dodge Grand Caravan.
The driver of the truck, along with a passenger, both from Panama City, remain in serious condition.
As of now, little is known about the crash and an investigation continues. Police say that the group from Ohio was in Florida as part of a softball tournament.
In the case at hand, the driver of the Ford truck’s failure to stop at the stop sign will likely be considered an act of negligence or, at the very least, reckless driving. Regardless of whether or not alcohol or drugs were involved, when one breaks the rules of the road (i.e., stopping at a stop sign) they can be held liable any damages or injuries their negligent or reckless act caused. As the driver’s failure to stop at the stop sign caused the death and injuries of the passengers in the van, along with the passenger in the truck, the injured parties have to right to sue the driver for compensation for their injuries. As to the two individuals who were killed, any surviving family members (i.e., spouse, children, parents) will have the right to file this suit for them in what is called a wrongful death action.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a Florida automobile accident you may have the legal right to compensation. To ensure you get the full compensation you deserve, call 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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