The passing of a loved one is the worst possible repercussion of a car accident. Losing the person can cause intense grief, lasting consequences, and a massive void in the lives of the decedent’s loved ones. If you and your loved ones can no longer hug, speak with, or enjoy the company of a loved one who died in a car accident in Naples, then a Naples fatal accident lawyer can help your family pursue the justice they deserve.
A lawyer and their team will seek a positive outcome in memory of your loved one, whether it is through a wrongful death or another type of legal action. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can be your legal representatives in your case for compensation. Call our Naples personal injury law team today for a free consultation.
The Cost of a Fatal Car Accident
The loss of life is a cruel reminder of the price that comes with unsafe driving and other types of negligence. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), 2,917 fatal accidents resulted in 3,135 total deaths in Florida in 2018.
Every family must pay the price of a fatal car accident, and that cost can be staggering. The following are types of loss that you and your family may be experiencing after a fatal car accident in the Naples area.
The Loss of Comfort Your Loved One Provided
There is an intangible sort of benefit that you may receive from the ones you love, and losing someone close in a car accident means losing those intangible benefits. Some of the ways you and your loved ones may be negatively affected include:
- Loss of companionship as the spouse of the deceased
- Loss of benefits as the parent of the deceased
- Loss of guidance, protection, and comfort as the child of the deceased
While these benefits of having a loved one around may not be tangible, losing them may be among the greatest aspects of loss that you can experience.
The Loss of Financial Protection
Those who are immediately dependent on the deceased’s income for financial protection may have lost their primary means of:
- Paying a mortgage or rental fee
- Paying for certain forms of insurance
- Purchasing food
- Paying for their chosen way of life
Losing the decedent’s income could mean severe financial hardship for you and your loved ones. The party or parties responsible for causing your loved one’s death may be ordered to pay the cost of your loved one’s lost income.
An injury that was ultimately deemed fatal may have required significant medical care before it became apparent that your loved one was going to die. Right now, you and your loved ones may face having to pay the medical costs stemming from your loved one’s car accident. However, that may change if your lawyer can secure a positive outcome from a lawsuit.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) details how a proper funeral and burial cost for a loved one may be $10,000 or more. From embalming services to a casket and the ceremony itself, the process of planning a funeral can be substantial, and it may be the financial responsibility of any parties liable for your loved one’s death.
You and your family do not need to deal with the legal aspects of losing a loved one alone. A Naples fatal accident lawyer can pursue compensation on your behalf. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today to set up a free consultation where you can learn more information about how we could handle your case.
A Driver May Have Caused Your Loved One’s Death
When car accidents happen, the drivers involved could inevitably come under scrutiny, particularly when they are fatal accidents.
Florida Statutes §768.81 explains that a motorist may be held financially responsible for the extent of blame they hold in an accident. So long as your loved one was not responsible for more than half of the blame for their accident, then you and your loved ones could be entitled to compensation from the driver who holds the majority responsibility.
The driver who caused your loved one’s accident may have done so because they did not exercise the care necessary to avoid striking another vehicle. Some safety failures on behalf of the at-fault driver could include:
- Speeding at the time of the collision
- Tailgating behind your loved one’s vehicle
- Being intoxicated or on drugs at the time of the accident
- Driving a vehicle that was unsafe in one or more ways
- Running a stop sign or red light or ignoring other traffic signals
A motor vehicle driver must always operate their vehicle safely, as the consequence of not doing so may be a fatal collision. Your lawyer can determine how and why one or more parties are responsible for your loved one’s death and pursue all necessary actions to seek compensation from those parties.
A lawyer may also be able to secure financial coverage to help you and your loved ones. Awards may include, but may not be limited to, coverage for medical expenses, lost income, vehicle repairs or replacement, pain and suffering, and any other losses that stem from your loved one’s accident or passing.
In Florida, you have four years from the accident date to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, per Florida Statutes §95.11. We will make sure to file your case before the deadline expires.
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You and your family may be coping with the grief that comes with losing a loved one, and a Naples fatal accident lawyer can help you by handling any necessary lawsuit on your behalf. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today to complete your free consultation.
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