No one wants a traffic ticket, but some people will go to extreme lengths to avoid one, including failing to stop for and fleeing from police. When Florida drivers take this avenue, they put lives in jeopardy. What could have resulted in a simple traffic violation could easily turn into a deadly crash.
Police say this is what happened recently. Reports indicate that an officer saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. When he or she attempted to pull over the vehicle in question, the driver decided to flee rather than stop. The vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed.
When the vehicle approached an intersection, the 31-year-old driver made another bad decision and blew through the then red traffic signal. Sadly, another vehicle was in the intersection, and the first vehicle slammed into the driver’s side of the second vehicle. The impact caused the second vehicle to be thrown into a telephone pole. The 50-year-old man driving succumbed to fatal injuries suffered in the crash.
The inertia of the first vehicle caused it to crash into several unoccupied and parked vehicles before coming to a stop. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries, but he survived the crash. The conclusion of the investigation will most likely result in him facing as yet unknown criminal charges.
In the meantime, a family lost a loved one in this deadly crash, and surviving family members do not have to wait for criminal charges in order to file a wrongful death claim in connection with this incident. Even so, any evidence gathered in the official investigation, any evidence presented in a criminal case and any conviction secured by prosecutors could provide evidence of negligence or recklessness in a claim filed in a Florida civil court. In order to help ensure the maximum amount of restitution is sought, it would be wise to consult with an attorney experienced in these types of cases.