Florida head-on collision kills nurse

A recent collision in Madison County left a woman dead, according to authorities. The August 12 incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. on the Collin Kelly Highway in Madison. Law enforcement officials commenced an investigation into the accident, and charges against one of the drivers involved are pending, reportedly.

According to officials, a 36-year-old female nurse driving an SUV was headed to work in the southbound lane of the highway when a northbound pickup truck crossed the centerline and entered into the path of her vehicle. The resulting head-on collision propelled the two vehicles toward opposite shoulders of the highway, authorities reported.

Officials pronounced the 36-year-old woman dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck, a 52-year-old man, suffered minor injuries, reportedly. He received treatment for his injuries at Madison County Memorial Hospital. It was not clear in the immediate aftermath of the event what caused the driver of the pickup truck to veer into oncoming traffic.

If further investigation in this case were to elicit evidence indicating that the accident was the result of negligent behavior, such as drunk driving, then the at-fault party may be held responsible for the fatal crash in multiple ways, including through civil action. That is because families of victims in fatal car accidents have a legal right to seek financial compensation if they can prove to a civil court that the drunk driver was liable for the accident.

By pursuing a wrongful death claim, certain family members of deceased accident victims may be awarded restitution for funeral expenses, burial costs, lost earnings and other pecuniary damages stemming from the sudden loss of their loved one. In order to prevail in such a lawsuit, the bereaved family members and their lawyer must demonstrate the specific damages suffered.

Source: WCTV, “Victim Identified in Fatal Madison County Accident“, Charlene Cristobal, August 12, 2014

Source: WCTV, “Victim Identified in Fatal Madison County Accident“, Charlene Cristobal, August 12, 2014