Driver and Two Passengers Lose Their Lives After Another Wrong-Way Accident
A 33-year-old Florida woman lost her life after the car she was driving crashed into a truck. The car was heading the wrong way down the highway when the accident occurred. Two passengers in the car, the driver’s 31-year-old sister and a 26-year-old man, also lost their lives in this car accident. The truck driver did not sustain any injuries as a result of this accident. There have been many recent wrong-way accidents in Florida in recent months and state troopers are unsure why there has been such a rise in this sort of accident. According to one Florida trooper, in order to avoid a head on collision you should, “look for road signs if you are traveling in the interstate and look for vehicles that are traveling in your direction. You want to pull over and make sure you are not traveling the wrong way.”
Who can the passenger of a car sue after an accident?
If you sustain injuries as a result of a car accident while you are the passenger of a car, you can generally make a claim for compensation against anyone who was at fault for the accident. This includes the driver or owner of the car you were riding in at the time of the accident, or the driver or owner of another vehicle involved in the accident. Sometimes, you will need to make multiple claims to be fully compensated for your injuries. For example, if one of the drivers who caused the accident does not carry enough liability coverage to pay for all of your losses, you may need to pursue a claim against another driver for the remainder of your claim. Although you can begin claims against multiple people if it is necessary for you to be made whole following the accident, you will not be able to exploit this rule to recover more than the cost of your actual injuries.
Who can bring a wrongful death action?
Under Florida law, any “survivors” of a person killed in an accident can bring a wrongful death action to seek compensation. Survivors are defined as the spouse, children, parents, blood relatives, adopted siblings, or any other person who is dependent on the victim for support or services. Any of these people can bring this action if the death of the victim is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract by any person if the victim would have been able to bring a claim for damages had he or she not died as a result of the wrongful party’s actions.
If a family member has been killed as a result of a car or truck accident and you are thinking about pursuing a wrongful death action against the people responsible for the accident, contact the experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Pike & Lustig, LLP for a free consultation.