It is common knowledge in Florida that car accidents happen every day. Given the number of drivers on the road at any given time and the fact that human error can happen at any time, car crashes are common. Luckily, many of these accidents do not result in serious injuries to the people involved, but this is not always the case. Many people suffer serious injuries as a result of car crashes and, in many cases, it results in a fatal car crash.
According to the most recent data available to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2013, there were 2,228 fatal accidents in Florida. In those accidents, a total of 2,407 people died. The highest number of victims was car occupants, followed by pedestrians, motorcyclists and occupants of SUVs or pickup trucks. Alcohol played a role in many of these accidents, as well. Of the 885 drivers killed in passenger vehicle accidents in 2013, 297 of them had a BAC at or above .08. That figure equates to 34% of the drivers killed.
Fatal accidents can be very traumatic for the family and friends of the victim. The loss of a loved one is very difficult to handle. This is especially the case when the death was unexpected and caused by the negligence of another driver. Knowing that the accident could have been avoided can make the situation even worse.
It may be a small consolation for the family of the victim, but if the accident was due to the negligence of another driver, the family may be entitled to compensation. While this will not ease the grieving process, it may be very valuable for paying for related expenses and making up for the lost income of the victim.
As shown above, there are many fatal accidents in Florida every year. Anytime a fatal accident occurs, it is a devastating time for the family of the victim. While it will not bring back the loved one, the family may be entitled to financial compensation for their loss. Wrongful death attorneys understand the difficulties associated with a fatal crash and may be a useful resource for the people in involved.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, "Fatality Facts - State by State" accessed March 30, 2015.