Orlando Wrongful Death Attorney
A 73-year-old woman from the Orlando area was killed this week after being hit by a car while crossing the street. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the woman was crossing Pershing Avenue, near Redditt Road, around 6:30 PM. She was not crossing in a crosswalk and walked in front of an oncoming car driven by a 31-year-old female from Orlando. The pedestrian was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the car was not injured. The FHP is continuing to investigate the accident.
The family of a Eustis man who was killed in a 2010 hit-and-run pedestrian accident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. James O. Cunningham and other Orlando wrongful death attorneys are following developments in this case closely, as this pedestrian accident is one of many that have claimed the lives of Central Florida residents over the last couple of years. The civil lawsuit filed this month against the driver seeks more than $15,000 in damages for the December 2010 accident that killed a man walking his dog.
An appeals court has issued a ruling overturning a conviction in a case involving a driver who was sentenced to 12 years in prison on a DUI manslaughter charge in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident in 2007. An Orange County jury found that the man had been driving drunk around 2:30 a.m. on his way home to Apopka when he pulled out in front of a motorcyclist and caused a fatal accident. However, in the recent ruling, the Fifth District Court of Appeal overturned the conviction, saying that while the defendant was intoxicated that morning when he caused the accident, the 29-year-old victim was also at fault. Evidence suggested that the victim had “popped a wheelie” at the time of the accident, causing his headlight to point skyward, effectively making him invisible to the driver.
If someone dies as a result of some type of unjust action, sometimes called a tortious action, the victim’s immediate family members or the victim’s estate may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of a Florida wrongful death attorney. If the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit is determined to be liable for causing the injuries that caused the death, the victim’s family members and estate are entitled to monetary damages. As you might guess, immediate family members are the victim’s parents, spouse and children. The victim’s survivors may recover damages for several things including lost earning potential, medical and funeral expenses if paid by the deceased’s estate, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and protection and others.