Driving in the late night to early morning hours of the day creates one set of hazards, but when an impaired driver is on the road as well, the potential for tragedy rises dramatically. Unsuspecting motorists often have the misfortune of crossing paths with these drivers, and the consequences are usually dire. Many Florida motor vehicle accidents at these times involve alcohol use on the part of at least one driver.
A crash that took place on a recent Wednesday morning was no exception. Police suspect that the driver of one vehicle was intoxicated as he approached an intersection and ran a red light. The vehicle driven by that man slammed into another car that was already in the intersection. The impact was so violent that debris flew from the vehicles and struck a third one that was stopped at a red light.
The driver of the vehicle that was legally in the intersection suffered fatal injuries in the impact. The driver of the vehicle that blew through the red light was last listed as being in serious condition at an area hospital and is suspected of having been impaired at the time of the crash. Fortunately, none of the third vehicle's occupants suffered any injuries from the flying debris.
While the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate this tragedy, the family of the deceased driver retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver believed to be responsible for the death of their loved one. Proving negligence through applicable evidence could result in an award of damages seen in other deadly motor vehicle accidents. No amount of money can restore the hole left in the family after this crash, but it could help with the financial losses incurred because of it and provide them with some sense of justice and closure.
Source: abcactionnews.com, "Fatal crash closes intersection in Hillsborough County early Wednesday", Jan. 4, 2017