Fatal Car Crashes and Family Members Left Behind
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 200,000 car crashes every year in Florida. Florida has over sixteen million drivers which means millions of tickets are written each year. However, every traffic safety measure taken cannot change the fact that fatal car crashes happen. These car crashes result in around 3,000 deaths each year. Two crashes resulting in fatalities occurred in Sarasota this week. The first occurred on University Parkway, on Monday, and the second happened on Fruitville on Tuesday. As a result of these two crashes, four people are dead.
When a loved one passes unexpectedly, it can take some time for the initial shock to subside. When dealing with grief, often level-headedness and attention to mundane details takes a back seat to the emotions and feelings with which family members grapple. Every person deals with grief differently, and for some, holding the responsible party accountable can offer much relief. While it is impossible to bring the lost loved one back, it is possible to punish the negligence which caused his or her death. Justice can be served through the civil courts by seeking damages from the party responsible for the fatal crash.
There are necessary steps to take, after a loved one is taken from your family in a fatal car crash, to preserve your rights. First, finding out how long you have before you can no longer bring a case against the responsible party (or, the statute of limitations), is important so you know how much time you have to make a decision about pursuing a wrongful death case. Second, it becomes much more important to make timely, informed decisions during this difficult period.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is an especially difficult matter. If your loved one has been the victim of a fatal crash, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster & Eure fight on your behalf to recover the damages your family deserves. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.