Have You Lost a Family Member in a Fatal Car Accident?August 1, 2014
Every day, car accidents leave victims with serious, permanent injuries. And sadly, many accidents are fatal. In 2012, there were 30,800 fatal accidents in the U.S. with nearly 2,500 fatalities in Florida alone. If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal car accident, contact a Boca Raton car accident lawyer at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. We can investigate the accident and help you seek compensation with a wrongful death lawsuit if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Fatal Accident Causes
From tire blowouts to driving under the influence, there are many reasons car accidents lead to fatalities. Sometimes, family members of accident victims choose not to pursue legal action because they believe that accidents “just happen.” However, all fatal accidents are worth investigating. Often, there is clear evidence of why an accident occurred and who is responsible for the loss of your loved one. A breakdown of 2012’s fatal accidents shows just some of these causes:
- 9,364 accidents involved alcohol-impaired drivers
- 4,383 accidents involved collision with a pedestrian
- 3,009 accidents were rollover accidents
- 2,895 accidents were head-on collisions
- 1,827 accidents were rear-end accidents
An experienced attorney at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. can investigate your loved one’s accident to help bring closure during this difficult time, and, in the event the death was caused by negligence, can pursue legal action against the responsible party.
Seeking Damages with a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
With a wrongful death lawsuit, you may seek compensation to help cover the cost of medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering or other costs directly resulting from the accident. You may also seek additional damages such as loss of companionship or loss of care depending on your relationship with the deceased. If the court decides the responsible party’s actions were reckless, intentional or grossly negligent, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party and deter against similar behavior in the future.
Contact a Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve lost a family member in a fatal car accident, contact a Boca Raton car accident lawyer at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. If you choose us to represent you, we can help you seek compensation for the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. You will not be responsible for any legal fees or costs unless we are successful in your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Ruben E. Socarras, Esq., managing member of the firm that is based in Boca Raton, Florida, is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney focusing his practice in the areas civil litigation, wrongful death, catastrophic and personal injury law, among other areas of law. The AV® Preeminent™ designation is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating based on a legal professional’s skills and ethics. Please contact our firm today for more information about how we can assist you with your accident case at 561-361-1000, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our website at www.msglaw.com.
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Statistics based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts 2012 and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Traffic Crash Facts 2012 Annual Report.