When Car Accidents Prove Fatal
Car accidents can result in personal injuries that are severe and potentially life-threatening. In some cases, victims never recover. The death of a loved one is devastating for family members, particularly when the reckless actions of others are to blame. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can provide a sense of justice while making sure you are provided for in a way the victim would have wanted.
Fatal Car Accident In Daytona Beach Claims Lives Of Siblings
In the evening hours of December 30, 2020, an armed carjacking suspect fled through the streets of Daytona Beach in an attempt to evade law enforcement officials. According to a Daytona Beach News-Journal report, the suspect was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed on Interstate 95 when he crashed head-on into another vehicle. Inside were four people, including a brother and sister visiting from Wisconsin. The force of the crash left two of the victims with serious personal injuries. Sadly, the two siblings died at the scene.
Unfortunately, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that Florida holds the dubious distinction of having one of the highest fatality rates in the country. Even otherwise minor crashes and collisions can leave drivers and passengers involved with life-threatening injuries. Factors that make fatal accidents more likely to happen include:
- Driving in heavy traffic conditions and tailgating other motorists;
- Driving at high rates of speed, which not only increase accident risks but increases the severity of injuries;
- Running red lights, failing to yield, and other dangerous driving behaviors;
- Driving distracted, drowsy, or under the influence, which increases the odds that a fatal collision will occur.
Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In The Aftermath of A Fatal Car Accident
When the reckless actions of motorists leave other drivers and their passengers suffering serious personal injuries, victims may be entitled to file a lawsuit against those responsible. This is often the best course of action in cases involving wrongful death.
Under the Florida Statutes, surviving spouses, children, parents, and other family members are among those entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against anyone whose negligent actions or inactions played a role in their loved ones’ death. Even in cases such as the above, where the at-fault driver was also killed in the crash, a claim can be filed against their estate. Compensation available includes:
- Coverage of outstanding medical costs and funeral expenses;
- Reimbursement for lost wages and compensation for future losses in income and benefits the victim would have otherwise earned;
- Compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of companionship or enjoyment in life;
- Punitive damages, which is an additional amount that may be ordered if the at-fault party’s actions were particularly willful and negligent.
Let Us Help You Today
At Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., we know that no amount of money can ease your suffering or bring back your loved one. However, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide a sense of justice while ensuring you are provided for. To request a consultation, contact our Daytona Beach wrongful death attorneys today.