Every family’s worst nightmare is to receive a call informing them that their loved one has lost their life in a fatal traffic collision. Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately 2,500 people are killed in car accidents in Florida alone each year. While nothing will ever replace a loved one’s presence, families of victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by another party’s negligence may seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against those responsible.
A wrongful death is the loss of life caused by the negligent or otherwise careless acts of another person or party. In the state of Florida, the survivors of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver, the manufacturer of a defective auto part that caused the collision, a city for failing to properly maintain its roads, or any combination of these parties in pursuit of a wide range of monetary damages. If successful, families may be able to recover compensation for damages such as loss of companionship, lost future wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses of the deceased, and funeral arrangements.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Car Accidents
Car accident fatalities are often the result of some form of negligence, irresponsibility, or recklessness of another party. If you believe your loved one’s fatal crash was caused by any of the following, your chances of recovering compensation for wrongful death are strong.
- Changing lanes without checking blind spots
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while exhausted
- Faulty vehicle manufacturing
- Failure to maintain a vehicle
- Following too closely
- Driving at unsafe speeds
Factors That Determine Wrongful Death Case Worth
A number of different factors can all come together to determine the overall worth of a wrongful death claim. While it is important to remember that each case is unique and must be evaluated in accordance with its own specific circumstances, the following factors can all play a role in the worth of a case.
- The age of the decedent
- The decedent’s level of education
- The marital status and number of children of the decedent
- The skill of the plaintiff’s attorney
- The level of wrongdoing of the responsible party
Skilled Wrongful Death Lawyers in Miami
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal vehicle collision, our Miami wrongful death attorneys at Mitchell & West LLC can help you pursue compensation for your suffering and provide the compassionate support you need during this difficult time. Having earned a Super Lawyers® inclusion for our trusted advocacy and unmatched knowledge, we can ensure your family’s rights are protected.
Call (305) 783-3301 or schedule a confidential case review today to get started.