September 1, 2022
Port St. Lucie Fatal Car Accident
Tragically, a 71 year old driver was fatally injured in a car accident on August 25, 2022. A car traveling the wrong way on Northwest Selvitz Road caused a collision that led to his critical injuries and eventually his death. Police have determined that the accident took place when a 21 year old man driving a Toyota Camry crossed over the centerline. After crossing the line into oncoming traffic, the Camry driver sideswiped a Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic in turn attempted to veer out of the way of the Camry, but in doing so hit the 71 year old’s Buick Encore directly head on. The 71 year old was in critical condition at the scene of the crash. Three days later, on August 28th, he died from the injuries he sustained in the crash at the HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital where he was receiving care. The Toyota Camry driver and passenger as well as the driver of the Honda Civic, also 21 years old, walked away with minor injuries.
According to the Port St. Lucie police, the crash remains under investigation. It has yet to be confirmed publicly why the Toyota Camry drove into oncoming traffic, causing the three vehicle collision.
What To Do If It Happens To You
It is almost unimaginable to think about, but if you find yourself in a similar situation, where a loved one was killed as a result of a tragic car accident, it can be helpful to know what to do.
- Contact a lawyer. It might be the last thing on your mind, but if your loved one is fatally injured, you need to contact a Port St. Lucie, FL car accident lawyer as soon as possible. A trustworthy car accident lawyer can assist you in filing a wrongful death claim. This claim could help you with financial compensation to cover things such as your loved one’s hospital expenses, funeral costs, damages, lost wages and other expenses that resulted from the accident.
- Document evidence and collect receipts. This can be difficult since you may not have been at the scene and if you were, you may not have been able to focus on evidence collection. That is ok. That is what your lawyer can assist you with. It is helpful to request a copy of the police report, medical reports, and witness statements. Simultaneously keep all receipts and bills to assist in showing the compensation needed. Your lawyer will use these documents to build your case.
- Contact your loved one’s insurance company. You should always contact the insurance company so they are aware of the accident. They may be able to pay out some damages to assist you financially while your lawsuit proceeds. It is possible they will ask you for a recorded statement. This is something your car accident lawyer can advise you on as well. They may either help you to craft a statement or advise you politely decline to give a recorded statement.
It is our sincerest hope that you never have to deal with a situation like the loss of a loved one in a car accident. But if you do, the lawyers at Tuttle Law, P.A., are here to help.