A Lakeland woman died earlier this week from injuries sustained during an Orlando automobile accident. The 53 year old leaves behind a husband and five children.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the woman was driving her 2016 Dodge Durango northbound on State Road 417 shortly after midnight on Monday morning. For a yet unknown reason, a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer driving southbound on SR 417 lost control, crossed the grass median and came into the path of the oncoming Durango. The two vehicles hit head on, causing both to overturn. The other driver, a 20 year old female from Orlando, also died in the accident.
The police accident report also listed a 10 year boy, identified as the 53 year old victim’s son, as being injured. He was taken to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando for serious injuries. He is now listed as being in stable condition. Two other children were also treated at another Orlando hospital for less-serious injuries. According to police, there were at least a total of seven people in the Durango at the time of the accident, making it extremely lucky that nobody else was killed.
Police say that they found alcohol in the 20 year old driver’s car, thus leading them to suspect that drunk driving was involved in the accident.
As the victim leaves behind a spouse and five children, this case will likely result in a wrongful death action. A Florida wrongful death suit allows the surviving family to seek compensation from the negligent driver who caused the accident and thus the resulting death of their loved one. As in the situation at hand the other driver was also killed, the wrongful death action will be filed against her estate.
In their wrongful death action, the victim’s family can seek compensation for funeral expenses, any medical expenses, loss of income and loss of support, among others. According to a local news report, the victim was employed and likely providing for her family. As her family can no longer depend on this support, they can seek compensation to make up for this financial loss.
To learn more about Florida’s wrongful death statute, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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