In Florida and beyond, there are typically more motor vehicle collisions during holiday seasons. One of several reasons might be that many people tend to increase their consumption of alcohol on festive occasions. Some of them, unfortunately, then make irresponsible decisions to get behind the wheels of their vehicles to drive, which greatly increases the risk that a fatal auto accident might occur.
There are many motorcycle enthusiasts in Florida and elsewhere. Some people prefer to be operators, and others enjoy riding behind as passengers on the open road. Either way, passengers and drivers are often at great risk for injury, especially if an unexpected issue occurs that suddenly changes traffic flow.
On a recent Friday, at approximately 8 p.m., a man's life was devastated. He had been traveling in Florida with his wife, who was driving their vehicle at the time. The events that unfolded led to criminal charges against another woman, whose mother appeared in court to ask the judge for leniency.
Florida is a prime location for vacations, retirement and year-round residence. The state has many amenities to offer. Like all other states, however, there are downsides, such as highways that are often congested with traffic. The more drivers sharing a particular roadway, the greater chance that a fatal auto accident might occur.
Vehicle accidents are sadly nothing new or even unusual to residents in Florida. However, it is important for people to not just blindly accept these events but instead to ensure that they are their family members are properly compensated if an accident was caused by another person's negligence. The same is true when an accident may have been caused by a company's negligence or the failure of some technology or component of a vehicle.
When you lose a loved one to a car accident in West Palm Beach, that loss is often felt far beyond the emotional void that they leave behind. You might have relied on them for financial support as well, and replacing both that companionship and financial assistance is no easy feat. Many have come to us here at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & RYLES in that exact same situation wondering if filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be a possibility for them. If you are considering a similar action, you should know who the state of Florida allows to file (and to benefit from) such a lawsuit.
Many may consider taking legal action immediately following a car accident, yet circumstances may prevent them from actually doing so. You might have a loved one in such a situation. Oftentimes, they may choose to wait to take action until they have recovered from their injuries. Yet what if your loved one eventually succumbs to those injuries. Many to whom this has happened have come to us here at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles thinking that the chance to pursue a lawsuit against those responsible for their loved ones' accidents has passed. If you share the same concern, not to worry; your window is not yet shut.
Most people in Florida know that the state's laws regarding drinking and driving are tough but they may not always think about the various parties that may be identified as accountable or at least involved in a drunk driving accident. The fact of the matter is that an impaired driver may not be the only person targeted as contributing to an accident in which alcohol was a factor.
While there are always going to be dangers you face when traveling Florida’s highways, you may find that your chances of getting involved in a car crash with a teenage driver spike substantially during a particular part of the year. At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Riles, we recognize that summer’s “100 Deadliest Days” are a dangerous time to be on the road, and we have helped many people who lost loved ones or suffered injuries in car wrecks involving teenage drivers seek recourse.
Vacation season means sun and fun for many, but it also means roads will be even busier than usual. As we get closer and closer to summer, we wish to remind everyone to stay safe on Florida’s roadways.