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Fatal auto accident in roadway work zone

As many Florida residents can attest, there always seems to be some sort of roadwork being done somewhere in the state. Speed limits in these work zones vary, depending on whether it takes place on a highway, city street or in a residential area. The reduced speed limits are for the protection of the workers and motorists since any number of hazards such as detours or uneven lanes could cause an auto accident.

At one work zone in particular, a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol was using radar to monitor motorists' speed and act as an incentive to slow down to the 55 mph speed limit for the area at around 10 a.m. on a recent Friday morning. As a red Honda flew past the trooper, its speed was recorded as being 92 mph. The trooper gave chase.

The Honda then aggressively changed lanes twice before its 24-year-old driver lost control. The now out-of-control vehicle slammed into a box truck. The impact threw the box truck into a third vehicle before it rolled onto its side and crashed into a pole off the roadway. The 50-year-old driver of that truck suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The Honda driver was taken into custody and faces charges of vehicular homicide.

As the criminal case progresses, the family of victim may file a wrongful death claim against the seemingly reckless speeder believed to have caused this tragic auto accident as well. If the court rules that he caused the death of their loved one, they could receive an award of damages. Receiving restitution because of a successful claim will not bring back the victim, but it could provide the family with a way to handle the unexpected financial losses they undoubtedly incurred and could continue to incur because of their loss.

Source: wftv.com, "24-year-old Orlando man charged with vehicular homicide after work-zone crash, troopers say", April 8, 2017

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