Receiving a phone call that there has been a serious collision involving a loved one is a devastating experience that many Florida families have known. If a fatal auto accident occurs, there is no way to undo the events that have already occurred. However, if the collision was caused by another person’s negligent or reckless conduct, an immediate family may seek restitution by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court.
There are a number of people who may be entitled to seek justice on behalf of a loved one who has suffered fatal injuries in a motor vehicle collision. A surviving spouse may do so, listing emotional trauma, as well as economic distress as damages in a claim. If the decedent did not have a spouse, then another immediate family member may seek financial recovery for losses in connection with the victim’s death.
When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive in Florida, you understand that you are obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations. There is no way to guarantee, however, that those with whom you share the road are going to fulfill their own driving obligations. At any moment, a distracted driver, a drunk driver or a reckless driver may cross paths with an unsuspecting motorist, not only causing a collision but serious, and perhaps, life-threatening injuries.
If you lose a loved one in a fatal auto accident in Florida that another person’s negligence caused, there is no reason you should have to carry the full financial burden that may stem from the incident. Compensation for damages in successfully litigated cases is often used to help cover funeral expenses, pay medical bills for treatment rendered to a victim before he or she died, as well as to recover other financial losses. If you have questions about how to file a wrongful death claim, you may request a meeting with Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa, who are committed to providing strong legal support to grieving families throughout the state.