A recent three vehicle accident near Orlando have left two people dead. According to the police report, Brownsville Police responded to a three vehicle accident along the stretch of frontage road that runs in front of a strip mall and various chain restaurants. When they arrived, they found a man and woman pinned between a red car and white SUV.
Allegedly, the SUV was towing the red car and, when the rope connecting the two snapped, the drivers pulled over in order to reconnect it. However, a white truck changing lanes did not see that the vehicles had stopped and collided into the back of the red car, which then sandwiched the male and female between the red car and white SUV. The two were pronounced dead at the scene and the accident remains under investigation.
If the driver of the white truck was negligent in not seeing the two vehicles and avoiding hitting them, then the surviving family members of the deceased male and female may have grounds to file a Florida wrongful death suit. Florida’s wrongful death statute allows surviving family members who depended on the deceased’s support (i.e., children, spouses, etc.) to seek compensation for their loss.
However, in order to successfully receive compensation, these family members would first have to prove that the driver of the white truck acted negligently. For example, if the driver was speeding or texting while switching lanes and, as a result, did not see the vehicles or could not react in time, then he could be found negligent and thus responsible for the victim’s deaths. That being said, the victims could also be found negligent in, for example, failing to properly secure their vehicles or not moving their vehicles safely off the road. Such acts of negligence, called contributory negligence, could negate or reduce any amount of compensation that their family members are able to receive
Florida wrongful death claims are complex, especially when contributory negligence could be a factor. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
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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