Fatal Car Accidents
With hundreds of millions of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling on our nation’s roads and highways, there is a strong likelihood that you will be involved in a car accident at some point in your life. While thankfully most car crashes only involve minor damages and injuries, fatal car accidents happen every day. According to reports from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, nearly 3,000 traffic fatalities occurred in Florida in the year 2017. In Palm Beach County alone, which includes the Boca Raton and West Palm Beach areas, over 100 people died in fatal vehicle crashes.Taking Legal Action When a Fatal Auto Accident Occurs
Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is one of the most heart wrenching experiences a family can be forced to go through. Even though auto accidents happen every day, when a person is killed because of another’s carelessness or negligence, the survivors have a right to seek justice for their loss. While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, financial compensation can help alleviate the tremendous burdens that are placed upon a family when a loved one’s life is cut short due the wrongful conduct of another.
The Hollander Law Firm has years of experience helping survivors seek the financial compensation and justice they deserve when a loved one is killed as result of another’s misconduct. Our firm’s founder, Gregg Hollander, is a veteran lawyer who handles wrongful death actions in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and other South Florida locations. At the Hollander Law Firm, we understand the emotional trauma involved when these types of deaths occur, and we work to ensure that our clients get the financial support they need to get through one of the most challenging times of their lives.Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When a person is killed due to the negligence, recklessness or misconduct of another, the law allows for the bringing of a wrongful death suit for monetary damages. In Florida, the personal representatives of the deceased have the right to file the wrongful death claim on behalf of any surviving family members and the deceased person’s estate. The surviving family members who are entitled to recover damages in a wrongful death action arising from a car accident include:
- The decedent’s spouse, children, and parent(s); and
- Any blood relatives and adoptive siblings who were either wholly or partially dependent on the deceased for support or services
Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute sets forth the specific types of damages that surviving family members and the decedent’s estate can recover in a wrongful death action. Because the statute can be exceedingly difficult to navigate on your own, it is always best to seek advice from an experienced Boca Raton wrongful death attorney. Your lawyer can guide you through each step of the process to make certain that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing your claim. It is important to keep in mind that when a loved one is killed in car crash in Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the death.Contact Our Boca Raton Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car collision in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or another part of South Florida, we urge you to contact the Hollander Law Firm today. Our wrongful death lawyer will explore your legal options and help you develop the right course of action to recover the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation by calling (888) 751-7770.