On Sunday, January 2, 2011, Robert Wissler, 25, was driving a Honda Civic when the vehicle was struck by a van allegedly driven by Cedric Levon Williams. The severe impact caused Wissler’s vehicle to strike a street light, killing him and two passengers and injuring a fourth.
According to police, Williams fled the scene after the crash and failed to help or render aid. While the driver will now face criminal charges, the families of those who lost loved ones will be changed forever. Florida’s wrongful death and auto accident law permit the families to bring their own claim against Williams for the wrongful death of their children.
Florida law may also allow the families to pursue punitive damages against Williams for his apparent willful, wanton disregard for the safety of the public.
In a crime victim case like this, it may be difficult for the families to navigate through both the civil and criminal cases. While the criminal case focuses on punishing the criminal, the civil case focuses on the damages sustained by the families. In the civil case, the families may be entitled to recover certain damages for their emotional pain and suffering and any out of pocket losses incurred by this tragedy.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident in Florida, the law may limit the time to bring a wrongful death case. A Miami wrongful death attorney may be able to help in this type of case to help walk you through the civil case and fight for your rights.
For more information on how to pursue a wrongful death case in Florida, please feel free to call our Florida Wrongful Death Lawyers at (888) 99-VICTIM. That’s (888) 998-4284.