Driver runs red light, causes fatal accident

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a driver ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. The accident critically injured the other driver and killed a passenger.

The fatal car accident took place at the intersection of State Road 408 and State Road 50 in Orlando at 3:49 a.m. on Nov. 23. A woman in a Dodge Avenger was exiting State Road 408 on the ramp and drove through a red light. At the same time, a Saab sedan with three occupants was heading east on State Road 50 on a green light.

The Avenger hit the Saab on the left side, killing one passenger and injuring the other, according to state troopers. The Saab’s driver was critically injured in the accident. The Avenger’s driver sustained minor injuries. A spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol says that officers are continuing the investigation and expect to file charges. All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

The act of driving through a red light and causing an accident may be considered careless or reckless. A driver who causes serious injuries or death because of dangerous driving may be held responsible to pay financial restitution to the victim and his or her family.

Financial compensation can be used to pay funeral expenses, reimburse medical bills and replace lost income. A Florida personal injury attorney may help a victim’s family explore their options regarding a wrongful death or personal injury claim. The attorney may review the case and advise the plaintiffs about the type and amount of compensation they might receive. Through negotiation or litigation, an attorney may be able to obtain a fair financial settlement for the plaintiffs.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Red light runner smashes into vehicle, kills passenger“, Arelis R. Hernández, November 23, 2013

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