Drunk driving is rampant is South Florida, and too many innocent people are being seriously injured or killed. While it is always heart-wrenching to lose someone in to a drunk driving accident, it is especially saddening when the victim was known for being such a wonderful, giving person. At the end of October 2013, Fannie Ash was on her way to Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church on a Sunday evening. This was routine for Fannie Ash, as she always greeted worshipers on Sundays, supervised the children and was devoutly involved in participating in Church sermons.
As Fannie was walking across the street after leaving her home, a Ford pickup truck slammed into her. The man who hit Fannie Ash claims the elderly woman jumped out of nowhere. Witnesses say that after the man hit Fannie Ash, he drove off. The man did end up coming back to the scene and admitted to the police that he was the man who hit, and killed Fannie Ash. Our Miami drunk driving accident lawyers discovered that the police suspected the man to be under the influence of alcohol, as his eyes were blood shot, his speech was slurred, and he smelled of alcohol. The man was subsequently charged with DUI manslaughter.
The man’s conduct ended Fannie Ash’s life and scarred her family and friends forever. Witnesses to the accident knew Fannie Ash very well, so this made the incident even more tragic. This was a woman who devoted her life to helping others. The heartbreak her family suffered should not be felt by anyone else. Fannie Ash’s story must be shared to encourage Florida citizens to avoid driving under the influence. While Fannie Ash cannot come back, her family can seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
It was uncharacteristic for the drunk driver to return to the scene of a crime. Had the man never turned himself in, it may never be known who killed Fannie Ash. Because the man returned to police, and he is therefore identifiable, Fannie Ash’s family can file a wrongful death action against the man on behalf of their lost loved one. Not only will the man be facing serious criminal charges, but he will also be facing a serious civil lawsuit so that Fannie’s family can seek compensation for the loss.
Drunk drivers in Florida must be held accountable for their actions. The drunk driver here is responsible for acting criminally negligent as well as reckless. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to having a criminal charge and ultimate conviction, this should be a lesson to everyone that drunk driving kills, and drunk driving results in both substantial monetary penalties as well as jail time for the perpetrator.
Why You Need A South Florida Attorney Experienced In Drunk Driving Fatalities
Accidents involving drunk drivers are more complicated than simple car accidents. There are plenty of South Florida attorneys who have handled thousands of car accident cases. However, when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one who has been killed by a drunk driver, you need an attorney with substantial trial experience who will advocate for your lost loved one’s rights. Our law firm’s Miami Car Accident Attorneys have the experience necessary to pursue wrongful death claims. A firm that handles wrongful death claims outside of the realm of car accidents, has the capacity to develop a case to its fullest potential, helping the family members get the compensation they deserve on behalf of their lost loved one.
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The Miami Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you fight for your rights and protect your legal interests. We are an “AV” rated firm by Martindale Hubbell, have been deemed “Superlawyers”, and are also invited members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. With more than 100 collective years of legal experience fighting for the rights of clients, our lawyers are among those voted as South Florida’s top-rated lawyers by the Miami Herald. Call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 today for an evaluation of your case or go to our website for more information.