A fatal car accident in Miami is always tragic, no matter who is at fault. At times the person who caused an accident also loses his or her life, but his or her legal estate may also face responsibility for negligent actions that caused the accident in the first place. Florida law recognizes the right of an individual, seriously injured by the negligent acts of another, to recover monetary damages for the injuries and any pain and suffering. In addition, the owner of the vehicle the negligent party was driving may also be held liable for the car accident.
On Sept. 25, at about 10:30 a.m., a fatal car accident occurred on the Julia Tuttle Causeway leading to Miami Beach. With cars from Biscayne Boulevard stalled on their approach to the causeway due to traffic, a Honda CRV was not able to stop and rear-ended a Mercedes E230, which in turn struck a Lexus ES350. The Honda driver also hit a concrete barrier wall, after which it veered back into the left lane. A Mazda CX7 swerved to avoid the Honda but still struck its right side.
The Honda driver, a 79-year-old man, died later at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. The 50-year-old Mercedes driver and a 43-year-old passenger were injured in the crash, as was the 56-year-old Lexus driver. No other injuries were reported, and the eastbound lanes of the causeway were closed for several hours.
Each of the injured parties may benefit from consulting a Miami personal injury lawyer devoted to helping victims of car accidents recover damages for their serious injuries. Legal responsibility for multi-car accidents is sometimes complicated, and individuals injured are not always sure how to proceed when the person who appears to have caused the collision died. An attorney can answer important questions, investigate the cause of the car accident and seek damages against all negligent parties.
Source: Miami Herald, "Fatal crash shuts down Miami Beach-bound traffic on the Julia Tuttle Causeway," Luisa Yanez and Diana Moskovitz, Sept. 25, 2011