A 31-year-old man was killed after a two-vehicle early morning collision in Boca Raton on July 21. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported that drugs or alcohol might have played a role in the fatal accident, and they were awaiting toxicology reports to file charges.
According to police, the 31-year-old Boca Raton man was headed west on Palmetto Park Road in his 1998 Mercury Sable. He was about to make a left-hand turn onto the southbound lanes of U.S. 441 when a 2011 GMC SUV, driven by a 32-year-old Boca Raton man, hit him on the driver’s side. The driver of the GMC, who had been heading north on U.S. 441, reportedly ran a red light at the intersection and collided with the Mercury. The impact was described as a violent collision.
The driver of the Mercury was transported to Delray Medical Center where he succumbed to the injuries suffered in the car accident. Police were still investigating the accident by July 21, but they did say that the driver of the GMC might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. If the driver is found to have been impaired while driving, the information could be used in a wrongful death claim.
In cases like this, the family of a deceased driver might choose to file a wrongful death claim against the other driver if negligence can be shown. Negligence can be shown if the other driver involved in an accident is found to have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The types of damages awarded in a successful claim could include remuneration for medical and funeral expenses as well as compensation for loss of the support, services and companionship of the deceased.
Source: Palm Beach Post, “PBSO says Boca Raton man may have been killed by impaired driver“, Jorge Milian, July 21, 2014