1 dead, 1 injured in Florida crash

A two-vehicle crash in Plant City left one person dead and one injured on Dec. 20. The early morning accident resulted in the closure of the road while police investigated.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal car accident took place around 4:24 a.m. at an intersection. A pickup truck, driven by a 52-year-old Brandon man, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of State Road 60 when it crashed head-on into another pickup truck. This truck was being driven by a 28-year-old man from Lithia.

The older man was declared dead at the scene. The younger driver suffered critical injuries and was transported via air to Tampa General Hospital for treatment. It is unclear why the older man had been driving the wrong way on the road, but in similar incidents, factors such as driving under the influence and distracted driving have played a role.

In cases such as this, an injured victim or the family of a deceased victim might still file a claim for damages even if the liable driver was killed in the accident, since the claim might be filed against the liable driver’s insurance company and estate. To support the claim, a plaintiff might use information from the police report showing negligent behavior, such as driving the wrong way on the highway, to prove that the driver was responsible for the victim’s injuries or death. If the claim is successful, the plaintiff might receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income and loss of companionship.

Source: WFTS, “Drivers identified in wrong-way crash on State Road 60 in Plant City“, December 22, 2014