The Hialeah Police Department is mourning after one of their officers Anthony Caabeiro was killed in a crash in Homestead Thursday.
In an Instagram post Thursday, the police department confirmed that “Officer Anthony Caabeiro passed away earlier today after being involved in a traffic crash. He was transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
DUI Crash investigation
Based on preliminary police reports, liability on the part of the driver that struck Mr. Caabeiro appears to be clear in this crash as they were allegedly driving under the influence, one of the most dangerous and reckless things that a driver can do.
According to the National Safety Council, 10 percent of all fatal automobile accidents are caused by drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other medications. These accidents are the second-leading cause of automobile fatalities in this country. When a driver is under the influence, they can suffer from a lack of judgment, impaired vision, reduced coordination, and delayed reaction time.
Candice Bond, an experienced DUI accident attorney, was interviewed and provided her thoughts on incidents such as this one.
“Separate from criminal charges, a victim’s family may be entitled to compensation through a civil lawsuit against the responsible party, said Candice Bond, Managing Partner of Bond Legal. “In addition to the diligent work of law enforcement, an attorney can re-interview important witnesses, analyze any surveillance video from the scene of the crash, and obtain phone and text records of the liable party. Serving as an advocate, an attorney can help compassionately guide a family during this difficult time, protecting their legal rights while ensuring that a drunk driver is held accountable for their reckless actions.”
Wrongful death claims
Pending the investigation, the family members of Anthony Caabeiro may be entitled to a wrongful death claim.
Family members of wrongful death victims may seek damages for loss of companionship, pain, suffering, and emotional distress following a tragic or catastrophic accident such as this tragic incident.
“The stress and sorrow can be extremely overwhelming after losing a loved one in an accident,” said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel with Bond Legal. “We understand just what families are forced to go through, and having their rights protected is vital. A wrongful death lawyer will stay updated on the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.”