Auto Accident Fatalities on the Rise in 2020, Despite Lower Traffic Levels

Auto Accident Fatalities on the Rise in 2020, Despite Lower Traffic Levels

In 2020, auto accident fatalities were up roughly 8% from 2019. In 2019, there were about 39,000 auto accident fatalities here in the U.S., and in 2020, there were roughly 42,000 auto accident fatalities. This is striking, especially when one considers that the COVID-19 pandemic largely kept us indoors for the majority of 2020. However, upon further investigation, one can infer that the spike in auto accident fatalities occurred, in large part, due to increased negligent driving patterns, such as speeding, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, and more. If you recently lost a loved one in an auto accident last year, our firm is here to help. Continue reading and speak with our Florida personal injury lawyer to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Florida?

In Florida, only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent. In many cases, this person is the decedent’s spouse, but not always. If the decedent did not appoint a personal representative, then the state will appoint a personal representative.

To learn more about wrongful death claims in Florida, simply click the video below.

What damages may I recover in a wrongful death claim?

You may recover a wide array of damages in a wrongful death claim, for example, you may seek compensation to help cover the cost of lost wages caused by the untimely death of your loved one, medical bills incurred due to treating your loved one before he or she passed away, the cost of funeral expenses, and more. You may also sue for emotional distress, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and more.

How long will I have to file a wrongful death claim in Florida?

In Florida, you will only have two years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one. Rather obviously, time is of the essence, and our compassionate Orlando firm is ready to guide you through every step of the legal process ahead. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

Contact our experienced Orlando firm

Our firm understands the repercussions of a serious accident. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you should not have to fight the uphill battle for financial compensation on your own. When you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring a devoted, caring, and aggressive attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and wishes to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Schmitt of the Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.

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