There are many car accidents on Florida roads every year. Most of the time the accidents are caused because someone is not obeying the traffic laws or was distracted in some way. The accidents also vary in severity from a minor fender bender to a fatal car crash. Anytime an accident occurs it can be an inconvenience, but fatal car crashes have a very large impact on many different people.
This was evident as a woman plead guilty to DUI manslaughter charges resulting from a fatal accident in 2013. The woman was drunk at the time and drove the wrong way down the Sawgrass Expressway and hit another car head on killing both the driver and passenger of the other vehicle. The woman had tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" shortly before the accident. The woman tried to apologize at the hearing.
The victims' families and friends were present in the courtroom when she plead guilty. An attorney for the victims' parents stated that the parents liked to see her pain in knowing what she had done, but they do not feel any better as the apology does not bring their daughters back.
Fatal accidents are extremely devastating for the family and friends of the victims. Trying to cope with the loss of a loved one is very difficult, especially when the loved one dies unexpectedly due to the actions of another. In addition to all the emotions involved, depending on the situation, the family may also be losing a significant portion of their income, making it difficult to meet financial obligations.
While it does not bring the loved one back, families in this situation can seek financial compensation for their loss from the person who caused the death. This can at least help with the financial worries as the family deals with the emotional aspects.
Fatal accidents create very difficult situations for the family of the victim. When the accident was caused by another's negligence, the family may be able to recover damages though to help ease some of the difficulties.
Source: NBC 6 South Florida, "Driver who tweeted '2 drunk 2 care' pleads guilty in fatal crash," Feb. 18, 2015