Florida crash leaves two National Guardsmen dead

A Florida accident has left two members of the state National Guard dead after they were struck by another vehicle as they walked along I-10 in Jefferson County. Authorities report that the pedestrian accident occurred after the victims left their vehicle to assist another motorist.

Sources indicate that the two were traveling west when one of the tires on their vehicle blew out, and their temporary loss of control is reported to have caused another vehicle to veer into the highway’s median. The National Guard members had exited their automobile to check on the unidentified motorist when the third vehicle hit them. Both men died a short time later at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

An auto-pedestrian accident is one of the worst forms of car accident someone can be involved in precisely because the victims so often have very little protection. Serious injuries are commonplace, and those who survive may be left with long-lasting physical trauma that permanently constrains their quality of life and ability to live independently.

In situations such as this, it’s often very important to probe the causes of the accident to determine how it transpired and decide how to proceed with regard to the victims’ settlement. If a wrongful death has occurred the decedent’s family may be entitled to receive financial restitution in their stead. An attorney may look into what the driver of the vehicle was doing at the moment of the accident; if it can be determined that a negligent or distracted driver is responsible for the damages to his or her client, they may be made responsible for the victims’ funeral and medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Source: WCTV, “2 national guard members killed in Jefferson Co. Crash”, Emily Johnson, September 10, 2013

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