A head on collision is one in which the front of two vehicles hit each other as they are traveling in opposite directions. Head on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of accidents that take place on the road. If you have lost someone you love in a fatal head on accident, you need to schedule a consultation with a seasoned Miami wrongful death attorney immediately. We understand that talking to a lawyer is probably the last thing you want to do when you are dealing with such a devastating loss, but at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can help you make sense of the situation and help you secure compensation for the expenses that are likely to pile up in the aftermath of such a tragedy.
In a heartbreaking accident last week, 9-year-old twin sisters were killed in a head-on collision in Lake Mary. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an Acura sedan crossed a double yellow line and crashed into an oncoming Toyota Corolla. The twin girls were in the Corolla and died in the wreck. Troopers say the twin girls were not wearing their seatbelt. The accident is currently under investigation and charges are pending against the Acura’s 24-year-old driver.
Head on Collision Statistics
Sadly, the state of Florida has the third highest rate of fatal car accidents in the country. While head on collisions are one of the least common types of accidents on the road, they are also among the most dangerous and result in almost 10 percent of all driver and passenger deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, IIHS data shows that an average of 250 people are killed every year in head-on collisions involving highway crossovers.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Fatal Head on Collision
Under Florida Statutes section 768.19, when a person’s death is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default or breach of contract” of another person or party, the estate of the deceased person may file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida’s civil court. Florida law requires the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file the wrongful death lawsuit though the claim is filed on behalf of the person’s estate and any surviving family members such as the decedent’s spouse, children and parents.
Wrongful Death Damages in Florida
Every case is different and the specific damages that will be awarded in a given case will depend on the circumstances of that case. However, damages that are typically available in Florida wrongful death claims include, but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses for the decedent’s treatment prior to death;
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings;
- Loss of companionship;
- Loss of support;
- Pain and suffering;
- Funeral and burial expenses; and/or
- Loss of services.
Hiring a Seasoned Miami Wrongful Death Attorney
There is nothing more devastating than unexpectedly losing a loved one. If you have lost a loved one in a head-on collision caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. With extensive experience in Florida personal injury law, the wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon understand how to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. You can rest assured that we will vigorously advocate for your rights every step of the way. Please call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online.
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