Florida’s personal injury protection requirements and health insurance coverage often cover most injuries in a car crash. These policies are still subject to deductibles and co-pays, so there is still some out-of-pocket costs. The one exception to the personal injury protection rule is a DUI accident. Because a DUI is a crime, victims have a… Read More
In most people’s imaginations, the worst result of a crash is a fatality. It’s up for debate whether it is worse to die or to be a survivor. While nothing can be done for the dead, there is something that can be done for the living. They can file a wrongful death lawsuit if the death was due to the fault of another person.
On this page, we’ve collected stories about fatal crashes, both as a remembrance and a warning against dangerous behaviors that can lead to one. All stories link back to their original news sources.
Fortunately for the survivors of a fatal crash, it’s usually easy to get the evidence needed to pursue a lawsuit. As part of their duties, police officers have to collect evidence in fatal crashes. There’s no way to get the story from the deceased so they create one based on what they find. This evidence is vital in a civil suit.
Yet there are still things that a personal injury lawyer can help with in a wrongful death case. There’s more to pay for than just the cost of the car and any funeral and medical expenses. There are additional damages that can be obtained. For instance, there’s the pain and suffering experienced by the family. There is also the loss of companionship and the lost income that a family would have received had their loved one stayed alive. These and more can be fought for in court.
No amount of money can bring a person back to life, but it can help survivors to cope with the loss. If you’ve lost a family member in a car crash and you believe it wasn’t their fault, contact Chalik Law today for a free consultation.
In Florida, DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony. It is assigned a level 8 offense severity ranking under the state’s Criminal Punishment Code, which determines penalties. If convicted of DUI manslaughter the person faces serious penalties. These penalties include a lifetime revocation of driver’s license, impoundment of the vehicle, up to $10,000 in fines, up… Read More
My News 13 reports that a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash appeared in court on Saturday. 33-year-old Michael Plattner is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident that occurred at about 3 a.m. Friday. The crash occurred on Orange Blossom Trail near Taft Vineland Road. A Kissimmee resident, Plattner was speeding… Read More
Pedestrian accidents on highways are more common than most people might think. Almost 10% of all pedestrian fatalities occur on interstate highways. There are many reasons that a pedestrian might be on a highway. The most common reason is that a pedestrian is attempting to cross the highway. More than 90 percent of crashes involving… Read More
While a driver suffering from a medical episode happens in only a fraction of all accident, it occurs with enough frequency that there are laws regarding liability if this were to happen. In many states, if a driver is suffering from a medical episode or emergency that causes them to lose consciousness or lose control… Read More
A crash generally becomes a chain reaction accident when there are three or more vehicles involved. Because there are multiple vehicles involved, determining fault can be a complex issue. Generally, the person who caused the initial accident is determined to be at fault for the entire chain reaction, though that becomes a more complex issue… Read More
There may only be a one-word difference in the terms DUI and DUI manslaughter, but the legal differences can be vast. While a typical DUI is usually just a misdemeanor, Florida has made DUI manslaughter a second-degree felony with up to a 15-year prison sentence. More recently, the Florida legislature changed the penalty to include… Read More
There are many reasons that a person can lose control of their vehicle. The most common reason is that they veer out of their lane and end up overcorrecting. Overcorrecting can also happen when a person slides on ice or hydroplanes on wet asphalt. Another reason that they may have been driving while distracted. When… Read More
Imagine driving over a soda can. How easily a vehicle can crush that can of soda. This is roughly the equivalent of the force a train traveling at 30 m.p.h. will hit a vehicle on the tracks. A majority of train versus car accidents occur at crossings where a driver attempts to beat the train… Read More
Police chases have been a controversial aspect of police duty in recent years. Since 1979, there have been more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers killed in police chases. Many times, these chases are initiated for minor traffic infractions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 1979 and 2013, at least 11,506 people were… Read More
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, 89.6% of people wore seat belts. In 2017, the use of seat belts saved 14,955 lives. In 2017, there were 37,133 deaths in auto accidents. 47% of those killed were not wearing seat belts. It is estimated that if seat belts had been used in… Read More
Billionaire innovator Elon Musk brought us PayPal and SpaceX, but he is also the genius behind Tesla Motors. Tesla’s electric vehicles are sporty and environmentally friendly and come with a host of innovative features. One of those features may be causing accidents. Known as the autopilot feature, it is available on many of their models… Read More
In Florida, a person operating a motor vehicle is expected to know the rules of the road, which include knowing when to yield. For example, all vehicles must yield to a pedestrian, as pedestrians always have the right of way. A vehicle that is attempting to make a left-hand turn must yield to traffic traveling… Read More
Going go-karting may be a fun way to spend some time during a visit to an amusement park, but for parents who are considering buying their child a personal go-kart should be aware that go-kart injuries are serious. Children who are hospitalized for go-kart injuries require an average stay of about five days. More than… Read More
Florida, like many states, allows teens who are at least 15 years of age to get a learner’s permit license. To get a valid driver’s license, the teen must be 16 years old and have had a learner’s permit for at least a year or reach 18 years of age, whichever comes first. Once they… Read More
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a couple who ran a red light and killed a motorcyclist then carjacked another vehicle, leading police on a manhunt. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Cody Bearry and his passenger, 23-year-old Breanna Lynn Wright were the suspected occupants in a 2000 Dodge Dakota which allegedly blew through… Read More
According to Florida law, a person commits the crime of DUI manslaughter when they drive a vehicle or are found to be in control of a vehicle, have a breath or blood-alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, and causes the death of another person either directly or indirectly. DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony. If… Read More
Typically, a lot of factors culminate in a car accident. However, some factors are more prevalent than others when considered as an overall factor in fatal auto collisions. One of those major factors is speed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed was a factor in just over a quarter of all traffic… Read More
There are many situations that may lead to a driver or a passenger to being ejected from a vehicle. Of course, the major reason is the failure to wear a safety belt. Another reason people may be ejected is the speed at the time of an accident. High speeds can cause even a restrained passenger… Read More
In Florida, DUI manslaughter is a charge that is always a felony. If the driver who was intoxicated knew that a victim was hurt or dying and did not give aid, then it is a first-degree felony. All other DUI manslaughter charges are a second-degree felony. It should also be noted that Florida allows for… Read More