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Fatal car crash leads to DUI charges

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2016 | Wrongful Death |

When heading out onto the road as a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian in Miami, there is always a danger of being in a crash. When there is a fatal car crash, the family left behind will want answers as to how and why it happened. This information can be imperative when the family considers seeking compensation through a wrongful death legal filing.

Recently, a fatal car crash near Miami claimed the life of an 18-year-old man. The 40-year-old driver who caused the crash has been placed under arrest for DUI manslaughter, and he is being held on $50,000 bond. According to the law enforcement investigation, the man charged with DUI was driving an SUV and ran through a red light at about 2:30 a.m. According to witnesses, the SUV driver was speeding; the incident was also captured by a nearby video camera. The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to the hospital where he was declared dead. Officers found that the SUV driver’s blood alcohol content was 0.18 and he was subsequently arrested.

Losing a loved one is an emotional incident and the family will be consumed with the emotions of dealing with it. There will be funeral costs that must be paid. After the reality comes to light, there might also be other expenses. The person who died might have been the primary earner in the household, or may have been a stay-at-home parent. Or it might have been a young person who was just starting out in life. Keeping this in mind is important when an insurance company offers a settlement in an attempt to preclude a legal filing.

In this case, the driver of the SUV was arrested for DUI after hitting another vehicle at a high rate of speed. Given the circumstances of this incident, that there is video surveillance and the driver was under the influence, the surviving family may want to speak to an attorney about filing a cause of action to seek compensation.

Source: wsvn.com, “Driver charged with DUI in fatal Tamarac crash,” Aug. 7, 2016



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