We hear the warnings about drinking and driving, but not much about driving while under the influence of drugs. Drugs, like alcohol, can also impair a person’s judgment. When drugs and driving combine, a person can end up injuring not only themselves, but others as well. Sometimes the results are even fatal. Sadly, this was the case for a Florida woman, who died after a man was driving while intoxicated and crashed into her car.
The crash happened on the early morning hours of Nov. 11 on US 19 in Holiday, Florida. A 21-year-old man was traveling northbound at speeds exceeding 100 mph. He rear-ended another car, causing the vehicle to travel into the southbound lanes and catch fire. The driver of the car, a 38-year-old woman, was taken to Trinity Medical Center for medical treatment, but she later died of personal injury.
The area was closed for more than six hours so that police could investigate. The man was arrested for marijuana possession. A full toxicology report is pending. Once the investigation is complete, the man could face further charges.
When a loved one dies in a fatal car crash, the surviving family should take the proper steps to preserve their legal rights. Car accidents are often caused by someone’s negligence. The man was negligent for driving recklessly while intoxicated and therefore, should be held accountable. The family may wish to sue him for damages caused to the woman.
A wrongful death claim can help the family recover compensation and move forward. They may be able to claim a variety of damages, including pain and suffering, vehicle damage, medical bills and funeral expenses. If the woman worked to support her family, the family may also be able to sue for lost wages and loss of support. There are also a variety of emotional damages to consider.
ABC Action News, “US19 closed, DUI suspected in fatal crash” No author given, Nov. 11, 2013