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Thomas DeLattre and Glen D. Wieland

2 vehicles go over guardrail, 14-year-old dies

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2019 | Wrongful Death |

The Narcoossee Road exit off State Road 417 in Florida is about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando. It’s there that a tragic motor vehicle accident took the life of a 14-year-old boy from Bohemia, New York.

About 9:45 p.m., on a recent Thursday, a 29-year-old man was driving a Nissan Maxima south on State Road 417. Traveling in the lane next to him was a 47-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in a Chrysler Pacifica.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the man in the Maxima changed lanes and struck the Pacifica. Both vehicles went over the guardrail off the shoulder of the road. The 14-year-old died at the crash site after being ejected from the Pacifica.

The two drivers suffered only minor injuries. The FHP is still investigating the crash.

When a tragedy like this happens, the at-fault driver can be held responsible for the victim’s death, including his funeral expenses. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in civil court, and this is in addition to any charges that may be filed in criminal court.

An experienced attorney can help you have a better understanding of the damages that may be sought in this type of wrongful death lawsuit. Determining the amount to seek when the victim is a child or teen can be difficult. Your attorney will help determine this amount based on other successful lawsuits in the same area.

While seeking compensation does not bring back the victim, it can help the family financially through this difficult time and provide them with a sense of justice and closure.

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