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Florida man seriously injured, wife dies in fatal crash

A husband's life is changed forever after he was involved in a car accident. He was critically injured in a fatal crash that also killed his wife. Florida authorities say that three other drivers suffered minor injuries.

The tragedy unfolded on a recent Tuesday afternoon when a nine-vehicle crash occurred along the interstate. Police say that the driver of a semi-truck slammed into the back of a man's SUV as he was stopped in traffic. The impact caused a chain reaction, and seven other vehicles became involved. The SUV driver's wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was declared dead at a hospital.

The man was taken to Lee Memorial where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the semi told police that he did not realize that traffic came to a stop. Authorities issued the driver a citation for careless driving. They are still investigating the accident.

Negligent acts of drivers can lead to injuries and death for others using our roadways. A family who is left grieving their loved ones as the result of a fatal crash may wonder if there is any legal recourse. They retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party believed to have been responsible. As may have been the case in this tragedy, if a big rig driver negligently causes an accident while on-the-job, both the trucker and the trucker's employer may be named as defendants. The claim would be adjudicated in the Florida civil court system, and a monetary judgment could be entered if the submitted evidence establishes that the party sued was negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the fatal accident.

Source: reporter.net, "Lebanon woman dies, husband critically hurt in Florida crash", March 5, 2015

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