Many Florida residents drive by crash scenes and speculate what happened based on the wreckage. For instance, if passing motorists see a vehicle that appears to no longer have a trunk or back seat, they more than likely assume that it was struck in the rear. It may not necessarily be difficult to figure out how vehicles collided in some motor vehicle accidents, but the factors that led to them are often more elusive.
Take a recent crash on Interstate 275, for example. Photographs of the scene show that one vehicle was struck from behind. What is not as obvious is that police suspect the driver of the other vehicle of being impaired at the time of the crash. In addition, the force of the impact indicates that driver was speeding as well.
Both drivers involved in the accident suffered relatively minor injuries. One was taken to an area hospital, but the other was not. A passenger was in the vehicle that was rear-ended as well. Sadly, that 27-year-old woman succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene. The driver police believe responsible for the crash was arrested later that same day on suspicion of DUI manslaughter.
Whether the driver faces criminal charges in connection with the accident, the family of the deceased passenger retains the right to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court. The family may pursue restitution for damages permitted in motor vehicle accidents under Florida law. A monetary judgment may not bring back their loved one, but it would more than likely help with the unexpected financial losses that often accompany such tragedies.
Source: tampabay.com, “Drunk driver kills woman, 27, closing SB lanes of I-275 in St. Petersburg“, Oct. 31, 2017