An August 30 collision on State Road 20 left one individual dead and another individual severely injured, authorities reported. Police said a wrong-way driver caused the 2:15 a.m. accident.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a westbound Chevy Impala collided into the front-left side of an eastbound Oldsmobile Alero driven by a 32-year-old man. Allegedly, the Chevrolet was traveling against traffic at the time of the incident. As a result of the collision, the Oldsmobile driver died. Furthermore, a 24-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries. Emergency rescue personnel took the passenger to UF Health Shands Hospital for treatment, reportedly.
According to FHP troopers, an investigation into the accident was underway. It was not clear in the immediate aftermath of the incident whether troopers planned to file any charges in connection with the accident. Nor was it immediately clear if alcohol played a role in the crash.
If a preponderance of evidence from this case were to reveal that the crash was caused by reckless or negligent driving, then the at-fault driver may be subject to not just criminal charges but also civil action. For, certain family members of people who die in car accidents caused by reckless or negligent drivers may pursue a wrongful death claim, seeking financial compensation for pecuniary losses they suffered as a result of the fatal incident.
The first step bereaved families typically take is to retain the counsel and resources of a wrongful death attorney. In order to help determine whether a lawsuit is viable, the lawyer may scrutinize the circumstances of the accident as well as the attending police reports and witness statements. If a wrongful death suit appears viable, the attorney may assemble the evidence necessary to prove to a civil court that the reckless or negligent driver should be held responsible for the crash.
Source: The Gainesville Sun, “Hawthorne man dies in wrong-way crash“, August 30, 2014