Tragic Accidents on Florida Roadways: Wrongful Death Claims

February 3, 2022
Tragic Accidents on Florida Roadways: Wrongful Death Claims

Florida’s expansive tourism industry and population growth have brought heavy traffic onto our highways. Sadly, it has also brought tragedy in the form of countless motor vehicle accident fatalities. When individuals die in an accident, their families suffer long-term emotional and financial burdens besides the initial grief and shock of loss. Monetary compensation can never make up for the loss of a loved one. However, families are entitled to seek justice for careless or malicious acts by filing a wrongful death claim.

At the Law Offices of Allen & Abaray, P.A., we know that the experience of losing a family member can be incapacitating. As dedicated personal injury attorneys with in-depth knowledge of motor vehicle accident fatalities, we are here to lift some of the burdens from you. We will fight on your behalf to seek justice and financial stability for you and your family.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim? 

Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits brought against defendants responsible for another’s death. Surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim in Florida based on the legal principle of negligence. A wrongful death claim can result from a motor vehicle accident or other types of accidents. The most common motor vehicle accidents with fatalities include car accidents, motorcycle crashes, truck collisions, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle crashes. An at-fault driver may engage in careless driving practices, such as speeding, distracted driving, intoxication, or tailgating, leading to a deadly collision.

What Compensation May be Recovered?

In a wrongful death claim, the surviving family members can recover damages for medical bills, funeral costs, property damage, lost income, future earning capacity of the deceased person, and loss of companionship. The family survivors can also recover damages from pain and suffering. In cases of malicious intent, punitive damages may be sought to punish the wrongdoer.

Those Liable in a Wrongful Death Claim may include: 

  • Drivers whose negligent or malicious act contributes to an accident resulting in someone’s death
  • Businesses or government entities that contribute to a fatal accident by creating unsafe conditions such as poorly designed or maintained roadways, sidewalks, or highway signage
  • Manufacturers or repair shop businesses who contribute to a deadly accident due to defective design, parts, or mechanical work
  • A vehicle owner who permits another to drive can have vicarious liability if there is a fatality
  • Employers whose employee has caused the death of another in a motor vehicle accident while performing the duties of their job

The Law Offices of Allen & Abaray, P.A. Fights for Justice

For more than two decades, our personal injury attorneys have provided exceptional representation for victims and the families of those who are wronged by the conduct of others. Let us review your case to determine the best approach for filing your wrongful death claim. We will investigate how the accident led to the death, the cause of the accident, and the liable parties in a wrongful death action. We believe your family should be able to mourn their loss without the threat of financial insecurity.

Call the Law Offices of Allen & Abaray, P.A. at (877) 669-6899 or (863) 669-9999 to schedule a free consultation to learn your legal rights and options. Our office is located in Lakeland, Florida. However, we serve clients in Polk, Hillsborough, Osceola, and Lake Counties, Florida.

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