At about 2 p.m. on Nov. 28, a northbound SUV on Grapefruit Boulevard in Thermal struck a concrete barrier on the left side of the road, struck a construction sign on the right side and then crossed over the double yellow lines to the southbound lane where reportedly it collided head-on with a van near 58th Avenue. Officers believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
The 56-year-old driver of the van died at the scene, and the 23-year-old driver of the SUV died that night at a local hospital. A 19-year-old passenger in the SUV suffered only minor injuries, and officials transported him to the same hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Officers say that another crash occurred at around 7 a.m. on the same day just north of Avenue 42 on Country Club Drive. A 60-year-old man traveling eastbound in a car crossed the median and struck a gardening truck. He died at the scene, and officials transported his passenger to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The crash did not seriously injure any of the three people in the truck.
In any fatal accident, the relatives of the deceased could seek compensation for their loss from the at-fault driver in the accident. This compensation could cover funeral expenses, loss of income and even loss of companionship. An attorney might be able to explain to what compensation the family is entitled to from the accident and assist with preparing the claim.
If the at-fault driver is also deceased, the family could potentially file the claim against that driver's estate. In many cases, that driver's insurance coverage will cover any damages that the accident causes, so an attorney could negotiate a settlement with them or represent the family in court if they cannot reach an agreement.
Source: KESQ, "Alcohol contributed to deadly crash in Thermal", Samantha Cortese, December 01, 2014