Ford Rollover Crash Kills One Person

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a rollover crash that happened on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Sarasota, Florida

Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the driver of the Ford Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) was in the left lane when the tire blew. The driver lost control and veered into the median. The Ford SUV rolled over and crashed killing him instantly.  The passenger, Ms. Sharon Lyle was transported to the Blake Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Ford SUV’s right-rear tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The SUV then traveled into the highway median, where it rolled, before coming to rest on the vehicle’s driver side.

The name of the deceased has not been released yet, pending notification of next of kin. The accident occurred around 7:15 p.m. as the victim was driving a 2001 Ford sport-utility vehicle, southbound, approximately two miles west of the North Sumter Boulevard interchange.

The driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts.

If you have been the victim of personal injury you may be entitled to damages. Awarded in civil actions, personal injury damages are monies allotted to those who have been wrongfully injured by someone else. Damages are intended to help restore the victim physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. The two main types of personal injury damages are compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages, which are sometimes refered to as actual damages, cover all financial expenses and all ailments associated with personal injury, including:

  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering (grief, fright, anxiety, humiliation, or depression)
  • Repair or replacement of property
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Permanent disability
  • Mental impairment
  • Earning capacity impairment

Punitive Damages

Often called exemplary damages, punitive damages are typically awarded to the plaintiff in addition to compensatory damages when the defendant’s conduct has been especially malicious or oppressive. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the offender and to deter others from engaging in similar actions.

How much can you receive in personal injury damages?
Personal injury damages are determined on an individual, case-by-case basis. The amount is decided by the jury but can be reviewed by the court. If a judge feels that the amount of damages is excessive, he or she can order remittitur, a process in which the punitive damages are reduced without a new trial or appeal. If a judge feels that the amount of damages is inadequate, he or she can order additur, whereby punitive damages are increased without a new trial or appeal.

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