Sarasota saw a pair of late-night accidents on December 3 to December 4 that resulted in two deaths.
One accident occurred shortly before midnight on Friday the 3rd, as a motorcycle driving close to Clark Road and Lawton Drive did not navigate a turn properly and thus collided with a concrete median. The driver was ejected from the motorcycle, which overturned into the path of a van heading west on Clark which hit it. A third vehicle, an empty bus, collided with the motorcycle and the driver.
The 42-year-old motorcyclist, a Sarasota man, was killed in the accident, and was not wearing a helmet. The 20-year-old driver of the van sustained serious injuries.
At approximately 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol had to shut down a section of U.S. 41 due to another fatal accident. The collision was a single-vehicle crash in which a vehicle veered off into a grass median, hit the guardrail, overturned and burst into flames. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Filing injury claims when the liable party is deceased
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver but that driver dies in the accident, you can still file a claim against their estate to recover compensation.
In such a case, the defendant would be the estate of the responsible party, and any money for judgments or settlements would be taken out of the value of the estate, be it from liquid cash, investments, real estate or physical property.
To learn more about the steps to take to move forward with your personal injury claim after an accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.