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Families are forever altered by fatal motor vehicle accidents

Far too many families have experienced the loss of a loved one on the roads that crisscross the country, including many here in Florida. Not only will they never see their lost loved ones again, but they often incur expenses and other damages associated with these fatal motor vehicle accidents that can have an adverse economic effect that could last for a significant time. If negligence is established, victims' families have the right to seek restitution for their actual and other damages through the filing of a wrongful death claim in a Florida civil court.

The families of two of three individuals who were killed in a recent crash could choose to exercise that right. The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene to discover that one of the two vehicles involved had veered into the oncoming lane of travel for a yet unknown reason. The vehicle veered into the path of the second vehicle involved, and they collided.

It is not known whether the three died at the scene, or if any of them initially survived, but died later. Regardless, three people died and officials are tasked with determining what happened -- not only for their reports, but for the families of the victims. It might be of little solace to them that investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the deaths of their loved ones.

Once the official investigation -- and any inquiries conducted by the victims' families -- is complete, wrongful death claims could be filed. If the evidence gathered supports the fact that another person's negligence caused or contributed to the deaths in this or other motor vehicle accidents, then the court might consider awarding the damages sought by the plaintiffs. Any restitution received from a monetary judgment could help defray the economic impact that occurs in the aftermath of such tragedies.

Source:, "Three killed in Largo crash", Sept. 21, 2016

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