Motor vehicle accidents can cause a tragic end for drivers and their passengers. This is especially true when alcohol is involved and a driver’s normal abilities are impaired. However, even if someone is no longer around to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for their death, the law allows certain family members to do so.
A fatal drunk driving accident in Pompano Beach involved a motorcyclist and a woman driving an SUV.
Man on a motorcycle killed when drunk driver makes an illegal turn
Police believe the incident began when the 30 year old male victim was traveling southbound on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. The suspect was making a left turn at an intersection with a traffic light while the oncoming traffic in the opposite direction had a solid green signal. The motorcycle hit that rear part of the suspect’s vehicle as she made the illegal left turn. Even though he attempted to apply the brakes, the impact from the accident caused the victim to be ejected from his motorcycle and land on the pavement. He died shortly afterward.
The suspect left the scene of the accident, but police found her a short time later at her home trying to cover her vehicle with a tarp, possibly to hide the damage. She was eventually arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with evidence.
The general manager of the car dealership where the victim worked in Pompano, which is close to the scene of the accident, released a statement regarding the tragic loss of a family member.
Relevance of a police investigation
The evidence collected by the state in their drunk driving accident investigation may be beneficial to the plaintiff after an accident. Police at the scene will make reports about the suspect’s demeanor, actions, and they can have the person take a chemical test that will show their level of impairment. While the civil lawsuit against the driver will be independent of their criminal case, some of the same information can be used to show fault in the accident and recklessness on the roads. This is true regardless of the disposition of the criminal DUI case.
Wrongful death lawsuits after a drunk driving accident
Because the victim in this case will not be around to file the lawsuit on his own, certain family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf. Florida has its own laws related to these cases, but all states have similar wrongful death laws. An attorney for the plaintiff will argue that the fault or negligent act of a person resulted in the victim’s death. If successful, the damages that the family will win can be used to cover costs such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and the victim’s future lost wages. Because the statute of limitations is generally one to two years from the time of death, it is important to get help from a lawyer shortly after an accident.
Talk to a drunk driving accident expert
If you have been injured by a drunk driver in the Pompano Beach area, there is help available from local attorneys. The lawyers at Express Law can provide more information about their services and the specifics of your lawsuit.