Three injured and one killed in Clearwater car crash
A young man was fatally wounded in an automobile accident in Clearwater. Authorities reported that at about 4:51 p.m. on June 9, the 20-year-old was driving southbound on U.S. 19 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2003 Honda Accord. The car turned and crossed over the median, driving into the path of a northbound van driven by a 36-year-old man. The Honda was struck on its side, overturned and landed on top of a third vehicle, containing a 49-year-old woman and her 50-year-old male passenger.
The man driving the Honda died at the scene; however, the three people in the other cars were reported to be hospitalized due to minor injuries. Authorities stated that the driver killed in the fatal car accident was not wearing his seat belt, while the other three people were restrained. The Highway Patrol opened the freeway to traffic at approximately 7 p.m.
Each year, automobile accidents claim the lives of many people. In addition, many other people are injured in accidents annually. Family and friends of those hurt or killed in accidents often experience confusion and grief while they are left to figure out how they plan to cover medical or funeral expenses. In some cases, such as the June Clearwater accident, collecting damages for injuries from the responsible driver is made more difficult by the fact that he died at the scene. Victims in these cases may attempt to collect damages from the estate of the driver.
The family and friends of those injured or killed by negligent drivers may choose to take steps and speak with someone who might be able to help. Wrongful death lawsuits can be complicated to decipher; however, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer may prove to be an able guide through the process.
Source: Clearwater Patch, “3-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down U.S 19 for 2 Hours“, Sunde Farquhar, June 09, 2013