Florida drivers on U.S. 41 might have been affected by a road closure on a recent Friday night. Law enforcement closed the road to clear up and investigate a fatal wrong-way crash. U.S. 41 remained closed through most of the night and only reopened early on the next morning.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 50-year-old man from Port Charlotte headed north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 in a pickup truck. An accident report indicates that he smashed head-on into a sedan driven by a 21-year-old southbound woman from Cape Coral. He then crashed into another pickup truck operated by a 42-year-old woman who was heading south.
Paramedics transported the drivers of both pickup trucks to area hospitals. The woman’s injuries were reported to be minor, but the wrong-way driver was in critical condition. Sadly, the woman who was his first victim died at the crash scene. The Florida Highway Patrol noted that they suspect the wrong-way driver of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
While charges are pending for the suspected DUI driver, the surviving family members of the deceased woman appear to have grounds to file a legal claim against him to pursue financial relief. However, the wrong-way driver’s injuries were reportedly critical. If he succumbs to his injuries, the young woman’s family could name his estate as the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit in a Florida civil court, along with any other individual named on the title to the vehicle of the errant driver. The plaintiffs can document the details that support a claim of negligence, along with documented financial losses like end-of-life expenses, lost wages and emotional damages, such as pain and suffering.