In the tragic event that someone is killed in a Florida car accident, the victim’s family members may be able to recover financial compensation from the at-fault parties through a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. The Florida Wrongful Death Act is contained in Florida Statutes § 768.16, which provides for various forms of recovery, depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person filing the case.
Florida wrongful death claims can be filed by qualifying survivors. A “survivor” is defined under the Florida Wrongful Death Act as the deceased’s “spouse, children, parents, and, when partly or wholly dependent on the [deceased] for support or services, any blood relatives and adoptive brothers and sisters.”
Any qualifying survivor is able to pursue a claim for the loss of support and services they experiment as a result of the loss of their loved one. In addition, there may be specific types of compensation available to certain survivors. For example, a surviving spouse may be entitled to compensation for their loss of companionship and protection. Similarly, surviving minor children may be entitled to compensation for their “parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering.” Surviving parents are also eligible for pain-and-suffering damages for the loss of a minor child.
Two Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-75
Last month, two motorists were killed in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 75, in Davie. According to a local news report, the fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours and involved a total of five vehicles.
Evidently, an SUV inexplicably departed from its land and crossed into the path of an approaching semi-truck. Those two vehicles collided and then, as a result of the havoc caused by the initial collision, three additional vehicles became involved in the accident. Two passengers in one of the three vehicles that subsequently were involved in the accident were killed in the crash. The driver of that car was seriously injured, but is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the SUV that caused the crash suffered only minor injuries.
Authorities are still investigating why the driver of the SUV inexplicably left his lane and crossed into oncoming traffic. No citations have been issued yet, but that may change as the investigation continues.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Florida car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. At the South Florida law firm of Cecere Santana, we handle personal injury and wrongful death cases for those who have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in a Florida car accident. We take pride in our work, and it shows in the results we are able to obtain for our clients. To learn more, and to speak with a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney about your case, call 800-753-5529 to schedule a free consultation today.
See Additional Blog Posts:
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Update: Investigation Sheds Additional Light on Florida Roller Coaster Accident, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, published August 27, 2018.