The driver of a Ford pickup truck and his passenger were killed in a head-on collision in Clay County on Nov. 28, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The two occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash were transported to University of Florida Health Jacksonville for treatment of injuries they suffered in the accident. The FHP is investigating the cause of the crash.
Authorities say the Ford truck was headed south on Highway 17 near Copper Stone Drive around 3 p.m. when it struck a street sign and then collided head-on with a northbound Lexus. Both vehicles overturned from the impact. The occupants of the Ford pickup, a 50-year-man and his 87-year-old female passenger, died at the accident scene along with a dog that was in the vehicle. The two women occupants of the Lexus, who remained hospitalized three days after the crash, were reported to be in fair condition.
When a driver's negligence results in the death of a loved one, the surviving family members affected by the loss may have a legal claim for wrongful death. In Florida, a cause of action for wrongful death arises when an investigation into the crash finds that the actions of the negligent driver, in whole or in part, caused the death of the deceased. Other investigatory findings, including inadequate or missing signs or poorly maintained roads, may point to other persons or entities that could bearing a portion of the liability for the fatal accident.
Monies expended by the survivors of a loved one killed in a fatal car crash may be recoverable in a wrongful death claim. Survivors, including spouses, children and parents, might also seek compensation for the loss of other benefits the deceased would have provided, including the loss of society and financial support.
Source: FirstCoastNews, "FHP identifies victims in head-on crash", November 28, 2014