Car accidents occur across our nation’s highways each and every day. Many are fatal accidents, just as the one that occurred in downtown Miami in the early morning hours of Aug. 14. According to police, one of the vehicles involved was a Car2Go SMART vehicle.
Accident investigators say the SMART car was headed south on Biscayne Boulevard when it smashed into a Chevy Silverado pickup that was traveling east on Northeast 15th Street. Published photos of the accidents show that the impact of the crash demolished the frontend of the SMART car.
The 22-year-old woman passenger in the SMART car was killed. The driver, a 21-year-old woman, was injured and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The driver of the Chevy truck was treated at and released from a local hospital for his injuries.
Although no criminal charges have been filed at this time, investigators believe that alcohol may have played a factor in this accident. Results of blood tests are pending on the SMART car driver.
Alcohol and other drugs significantly impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Criminal charges may hold a person accountable for someone’s death when it is determined that recklessness or negligence was a factor in a car accident; however, criminal charges are not a requirement in order for a personal injury lawsuit to be filed.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, an experienced Florida personal injury attorney may be able to get you financial compensation for such damages as wrongful death, funeral expenses, final medical bills and other claims. Contact an attorney to discuss your rights and options in a personal liability lawsuit.
miamiherald.com, “SMART car accident leaves one dead, two injured” No author given, Aug. 14, 2013