Sadly, each year, a number of people die in Florida in accidents that were not their fault. If your loved one was killed in a car accident, you may be able to recover damages through a Florida wrongful death claim. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami wrongful death attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of our clients throughout the whole legal process.
Earlier this month, four members of a British family were killed in a car crash in Titusville as they returned to their rental house from the Kennedy Space Center, where they had gone to watch the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket. The fatal crash occurred when the car turned into the path of a pickup truck. The family members, ranging from ages 29 to 66, were all later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck sustained injuries, although they were not life-threatening.
Police believe the driver of the car was making a U-turn because the GPS in the vehicle had instructed him to do so. The instruction was likely prompted by an earlier crash that had caused a road blockage ahead. Essentially, the GPS was re-routing the family so that they would not get stuck in a jam up ahead.
Traffic fatalities in Florida are more common than you may think. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle 2016 annual report, there were 2,935 fatal crashes in 2016, resulting in 3,176 fatalities. In 2015, there were 2,699 fatal crashes, resulting in 2,939 fatalities. Unfortunately, the numbers tend to show that traffic deaths are increasing, instead of decreasing.
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, a lawsuit may be filed by the survivors of an individual whose death was caused by the wrongful act of another person. Under the statute, the term “survivors” includes the spouse, children, and parents of the decedent. In some cases, it may also include other blood relatives or adoptive siblings if they were dependent on the deceased for support or services. The types of damages that can be recovered through a wrongful death claim include medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, funeral and burial costs, lost wages, and any other losses related to the death.
It is important to note that survivors have a limited time to file a Florida wrongful death claim. Under Florida law, the statute of limitations in these cases is two years from the date of the death. Failing to file within this set time period could mean being permanently barred from pursuing compensation altogether.
Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most devastating experiences a person can go through. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you need to contact the experienced Miami wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon. With years of experience, we understand how to effectively represent South Florida clients in these cases. For a free consultation, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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