Picking up the pieces after an auto accident is hard enough. When an accident involves fatalities, though, it becomes a matter of balancing grief with justice. Many wrongful death collisions may involve a reckless driver hitting someone outside their vehicle. But sometimes, like in today’s highlighted news article, the fatality occurs in the driver’s own vehicle.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, authorities reported that a crash occurred in Sumter county involving three vehicles, several elderly individuals, and a death.
An evening collision
A van failed to slow for traffic and rear-ended into another van, causing a domino collision into a pickup truck. The driver in the pickup suffered no injuries. A 64-year-old woman driving two girls, ages 10 and 12, in the middle vehicle received serious injuries.
Florida Highway Patrol reports the vehicle that did not slow down held three elders: a 64-year-old driver, a 63-year-old passenger in the front, and an 84-year-old passenger in the rear. The 84-year-old woman died as a result of the accident.
It is uncertain whether she died of injuries on the scene or of what relation she shared with the front two occupants.
Sorting through it all
Lives change after an accident no matter your age. In accidents like this, a wrongful death leaves a dozen more questions for every answer found. Can the relatives of the 84-year-old sue the van’s driver? If the driver happens to be a relative, is there something different that happens? What about the other victims in this accident that suffered injuries? For both serious injury and wrongful death, it requires a sincere amount of resources and investigation to ensure that those harmed in an accident get the peace and compensation they deserve.