State Road 520 in Brevard County, Florida, was blocked in both directions after an accident between a car and a motorcycle left one man dead at the scene. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the crash resulted from a 2000 Toyota car pulling out in front of a Honda motorcycle with two passengers.
The motorcycle driven by a 69-year-old man from Cocoa with a 56-year-old woman riding with him crashed into the Toyota when it attempted to cross State Road 520. The Toyota had been on traveling north on Lake Poinsett Road. The highway patrol reported that the man died instantly, and the woman went to Holmes Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. Neither of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets.
The highway patrol plans to conduct an investigation of the accident. Charges against the 22-year-old woman who was driving the Toyota are expected.
In fatal accidents similar to this, charges against a driver sometimes strengthen the case for a wrongful death claim on behalf of a victim's survivors. A criminal charge or traffic citation might help a survivor prove that negligence caused a loved one's death. A survivor sometimes works with an attorney to prepare a claim against a driver and his or her insurance company. An attorney might help someone assess the evidence from an accident to see if it has the potential to successfully win damages. Compensation typically sought by survivors is meant to cover funeral bills, medical bills and sometimes lost income. Lost income can be a big factor if a family has been deprived of a breadwinner.
Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com, "FHP Identifies Victim In Fatal Motorcycle Crash," March 21, 2015