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One Person Killed in Dundee Car Accident

Chris Russo Feb 22, 2011

While it is not clear what caused this single car accident, the driver of a motor vehicle is responsible in tort to his passengers under Florida law.  The driver of the car in this case was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital.  The passenger in this accident died as a result of the accident.  Both the driver and passenger are reported to have been wearing seatbelts.  This accident remains under investigation but the the accident happened as the car veered off the roadway and struck a concrete culvert.

This accident may be solely the result of negligence of the driver or it may involve a negligent phantom vehicle.  In Florida, drivers can be sued for negligence when it was the cause of injury to their passengers.  Because the passenger died, the survivors of the deceased will need to establish a probate and have a personal representative appointed by the Court.  Without a personal representative, there is no one who has the legal authority to cash and accept any settlement check.  In Florida, a personal representative is required to bring claims or actions on behalf of the survivors.  As such, an individual survivor cannot bring his or her own claim because only the personal representative can do so.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the greater Polk County area, please contact a Lakeland car accident lawyer for a free consultation of your case.  Each case is different and there are a number of factors that determine the amount of money that can actually be recovered after an accident.  Some cases are strong on liability but weak on damages.  Some cases are strong on damages while weak on liability.  And yet others are both great liability and damages cases but yet there is very little or no insurance.  A consultation with a lawyer may help you.

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