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Tragedy: Brother and sister killed in car accident

There is no way to overstate the devastation of losing a child unexpectedly. For one Florida family, they must deal with the death of not one, but two of their children. The two were involved in a car accident that also injured four other young people. In a car accident like this, it may be difficult for a family to hold their children's friend accountable, but it may be necessary.

The recent accident happened when a 21-year-old driver was driving five teenage friends. According to reports, the driver approached a sharp curve in the road and somehow lost control of the vehicle. The car spun off the road, crashed into a fence and ultimately landed in the midst of several cabbage palms.

The impact of the accident caused four other passengers to suffer injuries, in addition to the two fatalities. It is so far unclear as to why the driver lost control of the car or what caused the car to spin off the road. Unfortunately, none of the passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time. Because there were six people in a five-seat car, though, at least one person would not have even been able to buckle up should they all have worn a seatbelt.

When it comes to young drivers and accidents, adults may find it difficult to file a lawsuit against their child's friend. However, it may be important to remember that it would be a judge, not a family, who would decide whether or not a young driver is guilty of causing a fatal accident.

When the result of an accident is lifelong injuries or a fatality, a family may never fully recover. Seeking financial damages from a wrongful death lawsuit, however, can help family members begin to recover by providing for the family left behind.

Source: Bradenton Herald, "Brother and sister from King Middle, Central High die in car crash," Richard Dymond, June 25, 2012

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