Florida Car Accident Kills One, Injures Others
A Daytona Beach car accident has left one person dead and another injured. The Accident happened on Monday at East International Boulevard and Beach street when, according to local police, a Ford Escape traveling at a speed of up to 90 mph hit an eastbound Buick. The driver of the Buick, a pregnant woman, was taken to a nearby hospital where she is said to be in stable condition. The passenger, a male, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the driver of the Ford has outstanding felony warrants. He suffered a fractured skull in the accident and is facing criminal charges in the crash. There was also a passenger in the Ford, who is also being held on an outstanding warrant. They were also injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.
If the police reports are right and the driver of the Ford was in fact driving at speeds of 90 miles per hour, then he will likely face not only criminal charges but also a number of civil lawsuits. On the one hand, the driver of the Buick can sue for personal injuries, while the deceased passenger’s surviving family can sue under what is called Florida’s wrongful death statute. For example, if the pregnant driver was the wife of the deceased, in addition to being able to seek compensation for her injuries, she would also be able to sue for compensation for the loss of support (financial and emotional) of her husband. In addition, the passenger in the Ford could also have grounds to seek compensation for his or her injuries, although this would be limited if he or she was partly responsible for the accident.
In order to get compensation for their injuries (or the wrongful death of a spouse), the injured will have to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. In this lawsuit, they will have to show that the driver acted negligently (i.e., speeding), that this negligence caused the accident and, as a result of the accident, the person was injured. If successful, the victim could receive compensation for past and future medical treatment, loss of wages, future loss of wages and pain and suffering.
To learn more about Florida personal injury cases, 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.