News reports indicate that a two-vehicle accident in Dade City at around 11:53 a.m. on Dec. 30 left three people dead and one other person with serious injuries. One driver and his 74-year old female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. An ambulance transported a 72-year-old passenger from the other vehicle to Bayfront Health in Dade City where her injuries were severe enough to cause death. Another ambulance transported the other driver, a 74-year-old Brooksville man, to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was listed as being in critical condition.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 301 at Davidson Court. Events began when an 86-year-old Connecticut man driving a Buick Enclave southbound crossed over the median and struck head-on into a Ford Explorer. The northbound lanes were closed for several hours following the accident as the crash was investigated.
When a fatality is the end result of a car accident, the family of the deceased victim may wish to bring a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver or against the driver’s estate if they also died in the accident. This action may seek compensation for damages that could include loss of companionship, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and any relating medical expenses incurred prior to death.
Testimony from any survivors or witnesses and a careful accident investigation might be able to identify any at-fault parties in an accident. Any driver who is found to have behaved in a negligent manner by failing to maintain proper lane or driving at excessive speeds might be found liable for any damages that resulted from that accident.
Source: WTSP, “3 killed in crash on Hwy 301 in Dade City”, January 01, 2015