A variety of factors can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. It is up to law enforcement officials here in Florida and elsewhere to determine what those factors are during their investigations. The details are often what determine whether charges will be filed -- and what charges could be filed -- against the drivers believed to be responsible in motor vehicle accidents.
Police recently announced that at the conclusion of the investigation into a two-vehicle accident, charges will be filed against the driver believed to be at fault. Investigators are working to determine what factors led to the crash. Three people lost their lives in the accident, and the driver believed responsible survived and was in stable condition at last report.
So far, police report that the two vehicles involved were headed in opposite directions on U.S. Highway 98 near Lakeland. At some point, one of the vehicles crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle. The driver and one of the two passengers in the vehicle that was struck perished at the scene. The other passenger was taken to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
While investigators search for the factors that led to this fatal crash, the families of the three deceased victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the driver believed to have been at fault. If the evidence presented to a Florida civil court establishes that the defendant was negligent, and that his negligent actions caused or contributed to the victims' deaths, an award of damages could be considered. Even though a monetary judgment will not bring back their loved ones, it could help with the unexpected expenses, and other damages, that result from motor vehicle accidents.
Source: nbc-2.com, "3 dead after car accident in Lakeland, Florida", July 10, 2016