On Sept. 6, a two-vehicle collision on State Road 528 in Orange County caused one fatality and left six other people with injuries, authorities stated. A van carrying six people was reportedly traveling west on the highway at approximately 1 a.m., when a westbound Toyota Camry rear-ended it.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the impact of the collision caused the van to carom into the concrete base of a utility pole. A man, his wife and four minors were reportedly occupying the van at the time of the incident. While the wife suffered fatal injuries as a result of the wreck, the husband suffered serious injuries and the minors suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
Following the initial collision, the Camry struck a guardrail and caught fire, according to authorities. The driver of the Camry, a 46-year-old man, reportedly suffered serious injuries. While the incident remains under investigation, charges against the 46-year-old man are pending, according to officials.
Following a fatal incident like this one, certain family members of deceased victims may pursue a wrongful death claim if evidence comes to light indicating that one of the drivers caused the car accident. For example, if investigators were to discover that reckless or negligent driving instigated the fatal wreck, the decedent’s family may retain a personal injury attorney and build a compelling civil case against the at-fault driver. If successful, such a civil suit could serve to compensate the family for the pecuniary losses they suffered in connection with the deadly crash. These losses may include funeral bills, estate administration expenses, loss of future inheritance and even lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents prior to death.
Source: News 13, “1 killed, 6 injured in two-vehicle crash along SR-528 in Orange County“, September 06, 2014