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Study Shows Driver Deaths Increased in 2016

carIf your loved one was killed in an automobile accident that was not their fault, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami wrongful death attorneys have represented many families who have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents, and we can help you as well. We understand that this is a difficult time, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from us at every step of the way.

According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle accident deaths increased by six percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. In fact, motor vehicle accident deaths topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007. These numbers are consistent with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings, which reported an eight percent increase in fatal crashes in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the previous year. In Florida, there were 2,699 fatal crashes, resulting in 2,939 deaths, in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This translates to 14.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

Fatal car accidents can have a number of causes, such as texting while driving, not wearing seat belts, adverse weather conditions, excessive speeding, faulty car parts, and aggressive driving.

When an automobile accident results in fatalities, Florida’s Wrongful Death Act will apply. Under the Act, a wrongful death occurs when it is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another individual or entity. The idea behind wrongful death claims is to pass the burden of losses from the surviving family members to the negligent party and others responsible for the death.

There are strict guidelines about who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida. State law permits a spouse, child, or parent of the victim to file such a claim. In some cases, any blood relative or adoptive sibling of the victim may also file a wrongful death claim, if they were partially or wholly dependent upon the victim at the time of the victim’s death.

Under Florida law, wrongful death damages that can be sought by loved ones include medical bills incurred to treat the victim’s injuries prior to their death, funeral and burial costs, lost wages that the victim would have earned over his or her lifetime had the untimely death not occurred, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and any other damages that may be relevant to your case. Determining an appropriate amount of wrongful death damages is not easy, which is why it is important to hire an experienced wrongful death attorney who can help you determine an amount.

If your loved one was killed in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to speak to a Miami wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we know that nothing can undo the pain of losing a loved one, but compensation can help manage the financial burdens that often arise after such an accident. We are dedicated to protecting your legal rights and pursuing full and fair compensation based on your case. For more information, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.

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