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Fatal personal injury in a tragic pedestrian accident in Florida

Florida Highway Patrol officers are often called to chaotic scenes when motor vehicle collisions occur on the turnpike. Not so common is having such an incident involve a pedestrian, as people on Florida's Turnpike are usually inside their vehicles. On a recent Tuesday morning, however, a fatal personal injury occurred when a car crashed into a person on foot.

The driver of the car later said she had tried her best to swerve to avoid hitting the driver of a landscape truck who was standing on the road at the time. Officials say a garbage can had somehow ejected from the back of the truck moments before the tragedy occurred. The truck driver had exited the vehicle to try to get the garbage can off the road.

An aerial news team that was covering the situation reported seeing a tarp covering the victim's body on the road. Those reporting also stated that there was substantial damage done to the front end of the vehicle that had hit the pedestrian. When accidents happen on the turnpike or other Florida roads, one or more people are often later deemed financially responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur.

When a fatal personal injury is the result of a Florida motor vehicle accident, an immediate family member of the decedent may have cause to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court. Even in situations where a pedestrian may be partially culpable for a collision, the driver in the situation may have also been negligent. In those circumstances the state's comparative negligence laws would apply. Compensation awarded to grieving families in such cases can help cover funeral expenses and other costs associated with the deaths of their loved ones.

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