Fatal auto accident: When tragedy strikes during holidays | Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa

Fatal auto accident: When tragedy strikes during holidays

Most Florida households are currently full swing into their 2019 holiday seasons. Many people are eagerly counting down the days until they gather with family and friends for special celebrations. Learning that a loved one has died in a fatal auto accident during the holidays takes grief to a whole new level.

Losing a beloved family member in a sudden, unexpected way is always difficult to cope with, but when the loss hits during a holiday season, grief is intensified. A season that was once festive, joyful and fun becomes solemn and lonely. No one feels like celebrating anything anymore. There are several things families can do to make their way through the holidays while coping with the loss of a loved one.

Candles are often used to honor the memory of those who have died. A grieving family might choose to light a candle in honor of their family member who can no longer be there to celebrate with them. It is also perfectly acceptable to cancel holiday gatherings if no one feels up to entertaining guests or participating in the usual traditions of the season.

Making a charitable donation in a loved one’s memory, traveling to a place that was special to the person who died or taking time to gather and share stories in his or her memory are additional ways to help families cope with sudden death during the holidays. When a fatal auto accident is the cause of such great loss, many Florida families reach out for legal support as a means of seeking justice on behalf a deceased loved one. Especially if the death occurred in a collision that was caused by another person’s negligence or reckless behavior, the civil justice system provides recourse for grieving families to seek financial recovery for damages. There is no way to make up for loss of life; however, court-awarded compensation often helps alleviate the financial strain families typically endure because of roadway tragedies.

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