A car accident can upset your life, and an accident involving a fatality is especially tragic.
Fatal Crash Totals
Florida has a population in excess of 20 million people. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported 2,938 traffic deaths in 2016. This is an average of 15.4 deaths per 100,000 people living in our state. Of those deaths, the National Highway Safety Administration reported that 32% of the victims were riding in or driving a car, 18% a truck or SUV, 1% a large truck, and 19% on a motorcycle. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents account for 27% of Florida traffic fatalities.
Furthermore, 43% of those deaths occurred in multiple-vehicle accidents. Deaths occurred on all road types, from highways to local neighborhoods to rural roads. Alcohol played a role in 885 deaths, and 297 of those drivers killed had blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%.
When the Unthinkable Happens
Certainly the hope is that you are never affected by a wrongful death car accident. Still, statistics about fatalities due to car accidents in Florida show how important it is to have a thorough accident investigation and competent legal advice. Nothing will bring back a loved one killed in a car accident, but skilled legal counsel can help you make sure that your losses are represented and compensated. It is critically important that your rights are protected as well.
Law enforcement will conduct an investigation, but may miss important evidence that is in your favor. Collect as much evidence as possible for yourself at the time of the accident. Contact a lawyer immediately if:
- You were a passenger in an accident involving a fatality. Whether the incident involved a single vehicle, or multiple vehicles, you need someone involved in the investigation that will make sure that all of the bases are covered, your rights are protected, and your losses are compensated.
- You have lost a loved one in a fatal traffic accident. Your loved one can’t speak for her or himself. An attorney will gather all of the evidence available and will advocate for you and your family, so that the surviving heirs will be taken care of.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, a lawyer is the best help you can get. But not just any attorney, an attorney who knows the law, cares about your case and will work hard for you. At Steven A. Bagen & Associates, our team of attorneys know exactly what it takes to get the best results and closure for your family. With over 35 years of experience, contact Steven A. Bagen & Associates to help with your wrongful death case.