Most people in Florida understand the dangers of drunk driving. Not only is it against the law, but it is a reckless and irresponsible act that could prove to be deadly, as one recent accident shows.
One child and two adults lost their lives in a chain reaction auto accident caused by a woman who was reportedly driving under the influence. According to police, the woman drove her vehicle into a grassy median of Tampa’s Selmon Expressway. This led another automobile to go over the median into the other side of the expressway. It collided with two other automobiles, and then caught fire.
Three people perished in the crash. A witness assisted in freeing the driver of the burning vehicle from the crash. Unfortunately, the driver and the two passengers of the vehicle did not survive and died at the crash site.
The woman tried to flee the scene of the crash but was quickly apprehended. She was hospitalized in order to undergo blood alcohol content testing. During the test, she tried to conceal the vials of blood in her undergarments. She is now facing charges of evidence tampering, manslaughter and driving under the influence.
Even if this woman is criminally charged, nothing will be able to fully replace the loss the victim’s loved ones have suffered. However, when it comes to drunk driving accidents, criminal charges are not the end of the story.
Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to bring a civil lawsuit against a driver who causes an accident due to drunk driving. Through a lawsuit, a car accident victim can seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. Moreover, if the victim did not survive the crash, their loved ones may be able to pursue compensation to help cover the expenses associated with the victim’s death. Drunk and distracted driving injury lawyers can provide further information for those who want to learn more about pursuing a lawsuit.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, “3 Die in Fiery DUI Crash on Florida Expressway,” Aug. 11, 2017