Many devastating wrecks occur in the overnight hours for a variety of reasons. Some of these motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol, speed and/or wrong-way drivers. It is this last category of driver that caused a recent fatal crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on a Friday morning in June. When troopers and other emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they discovered two vehicles in flames. The 28-year-old driver of one of the two vehicles involved suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The 21-year-old driver of the other vehicle survived, but suffered injuries categorized as serious. A passenger in that vehicle also survived with critical injuries.
The preliminary investigation into the incident revealed that the vehicle driven by the individual who died in the crash was heading east when the other vehicle, which was heading west, strayed into its path. The two vehicles collided head-on. No further information regarding what caused the driver to veer into the oncoming lane was available. The only additional information given was that the investigation remained ongoing. At some point, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle may face criminal charges depending on the results of the investigation.
Those results could provide crucial evidence the family of the deceased driver and the surviving passenger could use in any lawsuit filed in a Florida civil court. In order to receive damages in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, the parties must show the court that the injuries suffered (whether fatal or not) resulted from the negligence of another party or parties. Between the official investigation, including any criminal proceedings that may follow, and further investigative efforts, the required evidence may be gathered and presented to the court.
Source: floridatoday.com, “Head-on crash kills Melbourne man early Friday“, June 30, 2017