One of the most dangerous situations a driver can put others at risk is
by driving on the wrong side of the road, whether it be intentional or
not. James R. Grinder, 36, of Royal Palm Beach, was killed Saturday morning
when he collided with a woman driving on the wrong side of the road in
suburban West Palm Beach.
Wrong-way crashes are an act of negligence under the laws of the state
of Florida, and as such, the surviving family members of the victims of
these crashes are entitled to an opportunity to hold the driver who caused
the crash accountable in the court of law. This area of law is known as
Wrongful Death, and the family of James Grinder may be entitled to rights under the law
to hold the wrong-way driver accountable.
Wrong-way driver Dina Brown was negligent and at-fault for the vehicle collision
Drivers in their normal state of mind rarely find themselves on the wrong
side of the road. Even if a driver accidentally finds themselves on the
wrong side of the road, it’s generally in a densely populated area,
such as an intersection with one-way roads. Not a wholly dangerous situation.
But a wrong-way crash on a four-lane road can result in something much
James Grinder was killed on Westgate Avenue in West Palm Beach as he traveled
eastbound. Westgate Ave is a wide four-lane road. Given that Mr. Grinder
was in the inner-most lane when he struck Dina Brown, the wrong-way driver
who caused the crash, authorities suspect Brown to have been under the
Driving under the influence in Florida is not only a crime, but it is also
an act of negligence. If Brown, a 41 year old woman from West Palm Beach,
is found to have been driving under the influence, she can be held liable
for the wreck she caused that took Mr. Grinder’s life.
Aside from the issue of driving under the influence, Brown can also be
held liable for the wreck given that she was breaking the law by driving
in the wrong direction on Westgate Ave. She could be considered “at
fault” for her negligence, in which case the surviving family of
Mr. Grinder could sue Brown’s insurance company for liability for
causing the death of Mr. Grinder. Any compensation recovered in the lawsuit
could pay for things like medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, grief
counseling, or pain and suffering.
Wrong-way fatal accidents constitute wrongful death in Florida
In Florida, wrongful death laws provide the surviving family of someone
killed in an act of negligence by another party the opportunity and right
to file a lawsuit for the death of their loved one.
In the tragic circumstances surrounding the fatal vehicle accident that
took Mr. James Ginder’s life, an experienced wrongful death trial
lawyer could make the claim that Brown acted with negligence when she
drove on the wrong side of the road, causing Mr. Grinder’s truck
to collide with her vehicle.
Family members of someone who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in
the state of Florida may want to consider requesting a free consultation with
Craig Goldenfarb, the owner of our law firm. Mr. Goldenfarb is an experienced personal
injury lawyer who spends a majority of his time and expertise focusing
on cases involving catastrophic death and losses.
Mr. Goldenfarb will consult with the surviving family at absolutely no
cost or obligation. Our law firm can begin assisting you in recovering
compensation for damages related to a wrongful death without any upfront
fees or costs from the family. If there is no recovery, there are no fees or costs.
Call 561-600-5605 to request an appointment with Mr. Goldenfarb.