Every day people get in their cars to drive to work, school, or run errands. While most of the time they get to their destinations safely, there are some instances in which car crashes occur. Although most wrecks that take place in Florida and nationwide are minor fender benders or crashes that cause minor injuries, there are other collisions that are more serious in nature—even fatal.
According to early crash estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the latest fatal crash estimates from 2013 include:
- 32,850 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes
- 1,621 people were killed in non-traffic collisions and about 39 percent of these people were pedestrians and bicyclists
- 1,043 children 14 and younger were killed in non-traffic crashes and about 85 percent of these children who died were pedestrians and bicyclists
While these numbers represent a small group of people living in the United States, every death that occurs in a motor vehicle collision is huge. Families may lose their children, parents, siblings, spouses, and other relatives, which is no small matter. Sadly, most fatal car crashes in Florida occur suddenly and violently, causing families to wonder why they had to lose their loved ones.
Although some crashes are simply accidents, many fatal crashes occur due to negligence. When a deadly car accident claims the life of your mother, father, husband, wife, son or daughter, you need to find out if another’s negligence contributed to the collision. If so, you may have a wrongful death lawsuit on your hands.
Wrongful Death Car Crash
When families lose their loved ones due to a drunk driver, distracted driver, drugged driver, or negligent driver, a family member can file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the death of their loved one. In fact, families have the rights to seek financial damages for their losses. However, wrongful death cases in Florida aren’t so simple. In order to be successful in obtaining a full recovery, surviving family members need to do the following three things:
- Prove the crash was caused by someone else’s negligence in order to have a valid wrongful death claim.
- Make sure there is enough insurance so that you can pursue a claim for damages. This can come from the other driver’s insurance or your loved one’s under or uninsured insurance coverage.
- Talk with an attorney experienced in wrongful death auto accident claims. A skilled lawyer will know how to help you strengthen your case and recover the full compensation you and your family are entitled to.
When looking to pursue a wrongful death claim, having the right attorney on your side can make or break your claim. Relieve yourself of the burden of proving a wrongful death claim and hire a knowledgeable lawyer. Contact the law office of David M. Benenfeld today. There is no charge for the initial consultation or case evaluation.