Cars are very powerful machines that need to be controlled at all times. Taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can cause a loss of control. This can cause a serious accident that results in injuries or even death. Unfortunately, a Florida man lost control of his vehicle and hit another car in the next lane over, killing a young woman.
The car accident occurred on the morning of Sept. 24. The 36-year-old man, from Vero Beach, Florida, was traveling north on US 1 in Brevard County, Florida. The 20-year-old woman was going south along the same highway. The man suddenly lost control of his SUV and drifted into the other lane, colliding with the woman’s vehicle. Her car was overturned and the woman, from Cocoa, Florida, was killed in the crash.
The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident. It is likely that the man may face charges for his role in the accident.
Hopefully the results of the investigation will determine why the man was in the other lane. Was he swerving to avoid something in the road? Was he distracted? Was alcohol a factor? These are questions that should be answered in order to determine liability.
Should the man be deemed negligent, the woman’s family may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They may be able to receive compensation for funeral expenses at the very least. If she had a job and was supporting a family, then they could receive loss of wages and other damages in a lawsuit. However, at only 20 years old, the woman’s family may not receive much in damages. A personal injury lawyer can better determine whether or not the family should pursue a lawsuit.
Space Coast Daily, “Samantha Cannon Killed In Car Accident On US 1” No author given, Sep. 24, 2013