As a Weston auto accident attorney, I was sorry to read about a major tanker truck accident that killed the truck driver as well as the driver of a pickup. As Florida Today reported Jan. 29, the police have released the names of Alexandra Marie Dugas, 19, and John Larchen Lynch, 42, both of whom were killed in the Jan. 21 accident. Dugas, of Merritt Island, reportedly rear-ended Lynch’s 18-wheeler in her Ford F-150, tipping both vehicles over. The crash unfortunately caused the 8,700 gallons of gasoline in the tanker part of the truck to explode, killing both drivers. The explosion also destroyed the Florida 528/Bennett Causeway overpass above Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island, disrupting traffic around the area until at least mid-February.
Lynch, of Lauderhill, was reportedly driving west on 528 in the tanker truck when he was rear-ended by Dugas, in the pickup truck. The pickup truck overturned and rolled into the area formed by the 528 overpass over Courtenay Parkway, where it stopped on a concrete embankment. The large truck’s cab smashed through a guardrail into the eastbound side of the highway, while the tanker containing the gasoline fell off the bridge and landed next to the pickup, triggering the explosion. The ensuing fire killed both drivers and burned nearly all of the gasoline; Lynch was identified through dental records. Dugas was not officially identified, but family and friends confirmed to the newspaper that she was the other driver involved.
A friend of the Dugas family, Sandy Torres of Orlando, said the family had already been struggling financially and was not prepared for the costs related to the death of their 19-year-old daughter. As a Pompano Beach car accident lawyer, I’m sorry to say that very few families of ordinary means are prepared for a terrible accident like this. Money is not the top concern when a family member dies, of course, but it quickly becomes an issue when bills for a funeral, medical treatment and other costs come in. It can be an issue even sooner when the victim was a wage-earner who supported or helped support the family. When someone else caused the death out of carelessness, however, our firm can help the family recover those costs and others from the at-fault driver.
Cohn, Smith & Cohn represents people who have lost a loved one or suffered a serious injury in a serious car wreck. The vast majority of all crashes are caused by the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved. When an innocent person suffers serious injuries because of that negligence, he or she has the right to recover damages for those injuries. In addition to the costs of medical care – now and in the future – those damages can include past and future lost wages, compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering and compensation for any permanent disability or permanent loss of a loved one. Insurance settlements may pay some of these costs – but insurance companies don’t like to pay expensive claims, which is why it’s important to get help from an experienced Margate auto accident attorney.
If your family has suffered a loss or a devastating injury because of someone else’s bad driving, you should call Cohn, Smith & Cohn right away. To set up a free, confidential case evaluation, send us a message online or call (954) 431-8100 today.