A Polk County, Florida, police deputy was involved in a fatal collision on a recent Wednesday evening. A passenger in another vehicle suffered a personal injury in the crash. It was reported that roads were closed to traffic while an investigation of the accident was conducted.
It was about 6 p.m. on Wednesday when the deputy was reportedly driving in the westbound direction on Ronald Reagan Parkway. A 70-year-old driver in another vehicle was headed east. As the two vehicles entered the intersection, they collided. The 29-year-old deputy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was later released.
The driver of the other vehicle suffered serious injuries and was flown to a regional health center for emergency care. Sadly, his wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Details were not provided about whom was to blame for the tragic incident.
In Florida and beyond, if a vehicle occupant suffers a personal injury due to another driver’s negligence or reckless actions, he or she is able to seek compensatory damages in civil court. Immediate family members who survive the untimely death of a loved one under similar circumstances may file a claim on behalf of their deceased family member. The aftermath of a serious accident can sometimes be wrought with mounting costs due to ongoing medical care, funeral expenses or loss of wages that can cause undue stress for those involved. Court-awarded compensation could help alleviate some of those financial burdens.
Source: wtsp.com, “Polk deputy in two-car crash; 1 dead”, April 1, 2015