Personal injury often extends to family members in Florida

One can only imagine the shock and sorrow of learning that a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle collision. Such tragedies are often followed by a strong desire for justice on behalf of the deceased when an accident was caused by negligence. A personal injury attorney can help any Florida family seeking answers to questions regarding how to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court.

In Florida, a parent must sign a driver’s license application when the applicant is under age 18, unless that child has been emancipated through marriage. Parents who sign a driver application for a minor assume financial responsibility for any costs that arise if the minor-aged driver is involved in a collision. A parent may be held legally liable for any injuries or damage caused by negligent driving if a minor was behind the wheel when the accident occurred.

Following a recent tragedy, the widow of a tractor-trailer driver expressed outrage over an alleged photo posted to Instagram following a collision involving her husband and another vehicle carrying two teenagers. The young man who was driving the car was reportedly in violation of the conditions of his learner’s permit at the time. The woman’s husband died after the two vehicles collided and the truck careened off the road.

The boys apparently fled the scene, an act which the grieving widow said was callous and inhumane. She stated that it was very wrong for the young men to leave her husband to die alone on the road. To further her outrage, the teens posted pictures of the accident on social media as if it were no big thing. Similar situations can be very complicated when it comes to seeking recourse through the legal system. Anyone considering filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Florida may request guidance from an experienced attorney before proceeding to court.

Source: 

cnet.com, “Outrage after teen takes smiling selfie with car involved in fatal accident“, Chris Matyszczyk, April 6, 2016