The Florida Highway Patrol routinely investigates crashes involving fatalities. Any loss of life is unacceptable, but in some of the motor vehicle accidents they respond to, multiple lives are lost. In at least some of those wrecks, the driver believed to be responsible dies as well, and everyone else involved either dies or suffers injuries serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital.
This happened on a recent Sunday around 11:30 a.m. Two vehicles traveling on U.S. Highway 1 approached the same intersection. A car occupied by a driver and four passengers turned into the path of an oncoming pickup truck occupied by a driver and two passengers. The pickup could not stop in time to avoid striking the driver's side of the car.
The wreckage then struck a third vehicle. The driver and all four passengers in the car -- who ranged in age from 53 to 74 -- suffered fatal injuries in the impact. The driver of the pickup truck was fortunate enough not to suffer any injuries, but his passengers, which included a 4-year-old girl, required medical attention, along with the 72-year-old man in the third vehicle.
Even though the driver believed to be responsible for this crash by the Florida Highway Patrol died, the families of the other deceased victims, along with the injured victims, retain the right to file wrongful death or personal injury claims, as applicable, against his estate. If the evidence shows that the driver's negligence caused or contributed to the fatal or serious injuries suffered by the victims, the court could award damages often seen in motor vehicle accidents such as this one. Any restitution received could help with the financial losses that nearly always accompany these tragedies.
Source: NBC Miami, "North Florida Car Crash Kills 5 People From Miami-Dade, Broward", Feb. 6, 2017