Car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. For instance, an accident can happen when a driver runs a red light or when he or she is distracted by phone calls or simply misunderstand traffic signs. When purposeful, reckless driving causes a fatal accident, the tragedy surrounding the accident is only heightened. That was the case recently when three Florida residents were killed after a street race went terribly wrong.
Three cars were involved in the street race in question. As the racing cars approached other motorists around 2 a.m., a driver in a Toyota Scion crashed directly into oncoming traffic.
The 20-year-old passenger in the Scion was thrown from the car and died at the scene of the accident. Two children and their parents were in the other vehicle. The father and a 15-year-old boy were killed. The mother, a 12-year-old boy and the driver of the Scion were first listed in critical condition.
In an accident that causes injury and death, it needs to be established who was at fault. A victim or surviving family members must prove that a driver was negligent in order to recover monetary damages. Showing that a driver failed to drive carefully enough by disobeying road signs or speeding can prove negligence. Police estimate that the racers in this case may have been driving up to 100 mph.
Senseless deaths caused by an illegal sport executed in public are difficult to understand, but thankfully there may be financial help available to family members left behind by tragedy. In order to recover compensation, surviving family members would be wise to consult with an experienced attorney.