Sadly, Florida residents cannot always rely on other drivers to make good decisions when they are behind the wheels of their vehicles. Too many drivers make mistakes that lead to serious injuries or even death. Many drivers face various charges for their lapses in judgment in fatal motor vehicle accidents.
For instance, a driver was recently charged with failing to yield the right-of-way in an accident involving a car and a motorcycle on U.S. 1 on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Preliminary reports indicate that the 68-year-old driver of the car shot across all three lanes of travel -- presumably to make a turn. Her vehicle slammed into a motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider, a 51-year-old woman, was barely alive when emergency personnel arrived at the scene. She was rushed to a hospital in the area, but her injuries were too severe. She succumbed to them despite the efforts of medical personnel at both the scene and the hospital. Meanwhile, the road was closed to allow officers from the traffic homicide division to conduct their investigation.
The results of that investigation, along with an independent investigation that might be done, could provide the evidence surviving family members need in order to establish negligence in a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car. Successfully proving to a Florida civil court that the death of their loved one was due to the negligence of another could result in an award of damages typically sought in fatal motor vehicle accidents. Any restitution received could help relieve the financial burdens that inevitably arise in the aftermath of tragedies such as this one.
Source: floridatoday.com, "Police identify Palm Bay woman killed in motorcycle crash", Lamaur Stancil, Dec. 16, 2016