A 41-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 95 near Route 836 on the evening of July 23. The motorcyclist was traveling southbound behind a Dodge Ram when a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the interstate approached. The driver of the Dodge Ram swerved to avoid hitting the pickup and was sideswiped by the wrong-way vehicle, which then struck the motorcycle.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the motorcyclist was killed when he crashed through the car’s windshield. The driver of the pickup was injured and was taken to a Jacksonville hospital. No charges have yet been filed against him.
Units from the Miami police and the Florida Highway Patrol both responded to the scene of the accident. Authorities have not yet released any toxicology reports related to the crash, and the investigation was continuing.
In a fatal accident such as this, the investigators will generally complete a thorough investigation of the scene in an attempt to determine exactly how and why the accident occurred. Depending on their findings, the driver at fault may face one or more criminal charges.
Whether or not authorities charge the driver at fault with any crime, the family of the victim may be able to sue for damages such as lost wages and loss of companionship by filing a claim for wrongful death in civil court. An experienced personal injury attorney can review the investigators’ reports and other evidence in the case in order to advise the bereaved family members as to whether they have a reasonable cause of action. If there is a reasonable basis for a claim, the attorney can represent the family in court or in settlement negotiations to help them obtain compensation.
Source: WSVN, “Motorcyclist killed in wrong-way crash on I-95”, July 23, 2014