No matter how much they may trust the driver, all vehicle passengers in Florida and elsewhere face the potential of becoming victims of motor vehicle accidents. Any number of things can cause a driver to lost control of a vehicle or collide with other vehicles on the road, from distraction and carelessness to intoxication and reckless driving. Whatever the reason, a driver lost control of his or her vehicle, and the resulting accident ultimately claimed the life of a passenger in the car.
Reports state the crash occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday, May 20. A person driving a 2017 Audi left the roadway and spun out of control. The car then struck a concrete pole on the car’s front passenger side.
In the passenger’s seat was a 29-year-old female. Although she was wearing her seat belt, she still suffered critical injuries in the crash. She succumbed to her injuries and passed away the following Sunday morning. The driver of the car fled the scene and has yet to be found.
Should authorities find the driver responsible for the accident, he or she may face criminal charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing injuries, as well as other charges. The surviving family members of the deceased passenger may be able to use evidence from a criminal proceeding in a wrongful death claim against him as well as anyone else who has ownership interests in the car. Even if the driver is never apprehended, the victims may still have legal recourse to recoup losses they suffered in this tragic accident. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida, they can gain a full understanding of their rights and options and increase their chances of obtaining the compensation they deserve.