On April 29, 2018, CBS Miami reported that a fatal car crash killed four people and injured another four people in Delray Beach. The accident happened when a speeding pickup truck swerved into a turn lane. His truck rear-ended a stopped minivan which was waiting to turn onto Lamar Avenue. The four people in the minivan were killed. The news report didn’t indicate how the third vehicle was involved. Another four people, at least three in the third vehicle, were also injured.
The Delray Beach police said the 21-year-old driver did offer to give a blood sample, presumably to check if he was driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. The pickup truck driver could also be charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes. While civil trial lawyers don’t bring criminal cases, the lawyers often work with the local district attorney’s office. A criminal conviction might be admissible in a civil court. The evidence the prosecutors and police develop can help prove civil liability.
The types of accident cases for this type of three-vehicle crash
There are multiple people who could file civil claims against the driver. In addition to the driver, there may be other defendants who may be liable. The types of claims Florida car accidents lawyers could bring in this type of accident are:
- Wrongful death. The families of each of the four minivan victims have the right to file a wrongful death and survival case against the driver. In wrongful death and survivor cases:
- A personal representative is appointed to represent the family members
- The family members who are entitled to damages generally include the spouse and children. Parents may also be eligible. Blood relative and adoptive siblings may be entitled to damages too if they depended on the victim for services or support.
- Damages include:
- All reasonable medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering if a child was killed
- The loss of the financial support and services the victim would have provided the family members
- The value of the companionship and protection the deceased would have given the surviving family members
- The value of the wages, benefits, and other income the deceased would have earned had he/she lived
- Personal injury. Any of the car accident victims in the third car who suffered broken bones, spinal cord damage, brain damage, bruises, or any other injuries have the right to claim:
- Payment for medical bills
- The value of any past earnings loss and any future loss of income
- Pain and suffering for coping and living with their injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Property damage
- Other applicable damages
- Owner liability. If the pickup truck was owned by someone other than the driver, the owners may be liable (for wrongful death and personal injury damages) if they gave the driver permission to use the vehicle. Part of the reason Florida allows owners to be liable is that, typically, it is the owners who have the liability insurance for any accidents.
- Dram shop liability. Taverns and other establishments that serve liquor are generally not liable for Florida DUI-related accidents unless the driver was under 21 or the server knew the driver was addicted to alcohol.
Accidents have long-term consequences. The death of a loved one can never be fully compensated with a cash figure. Still, families have the right to hold wrongdoers accountable for the devastation they cause. The strong Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Yeboah Law Group have the experience and resources you need. To schedule an appointment now, please call us at(800) TELL-SAM or complete our contact form.