West Palm Beach Man Killed in Car Crash on Turnpike
Recently, a West Palm Beach man was killed in a car crash on the Florida Turnpike. The 60 year-old man driving near Fort Pierce struck the back of a tow truck attempting to make a U turn between the north and south lanes. Victim was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. As a law firm that frequently represents the interests of injury victims and their families, the Pendas Law Firm is all too familiar with the consequences senseless and seemingly preventable fatal accidents can have. Our dedicated lawyers work tirelessly to secure the compensatory damages ordinary people need to put their lives back together and try to heal from a catastrophic accident.
While police are still investigating the accident and no charges have been filed against the tow truck driver, the Pendas Law Firm will continue to keep an eye on the situation. Our law firm knows what many drivers traveling along Florida’s Turnpike are already familiar with: narrow lanes, high speeds, and reckless driving, placing law abiding citizens at undue risk.
Florida Turnpike accidents
The Florida Turnpike is the third busiest toll road in the nation and stretches 312 miles through 11 Florida counties. Originally known as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike and the Sunshine State Parkway, the Florida Turnpike runs from Wildwood all the way south to Florida City. The Mainline portion of the Florida Turnpike opened between 1957 and 1964. The Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike opened in 1974.
Throughout its nearly 60-year history, the Florida Turnpike has seen numerous expansion projects and renovations. Unfortunately, it’s also been the scene of an alarming number of auto related fatalities and serious injuries. Accidents on the Florida Turnpike range from between 39 to 62 accidents for every 100 million vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT).
West Palm Beach wrongful death lawsuits
Florida law allows family members of deceased accident victims to bring wrongful death claims against wrongdoers in cases where the death was caused by someone else’s negligence. Depending on the circumstances, parents, spouses, and children may bring claims for various types of damages.
Family members of wrongful death victims may be able to recover damages for:
- Loss of support and services by the deceased (chores, handiwork, domestic services);
- Loss of companionship and guidance;
- Emotional pain and suffering felt by the grieving family;
- Hospital bills and medical expenses incurred by the deceased or paid for by the family;
- Past, present, and future lost wages; and
- Funeral costs.
If your family lost someone due to the carelessness or reckless behavior of someone else, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your loss. The West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers of the Pendas Law Firm can help families understand their legal options and bring claims if necessary to recover compensation.
There are strict time limits to file a West Palm Beach, Florida wrongful death lawsuit, so please contact our firm as soon as possible if you have questions. Our lawyers serve the Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach areas.