Three people died on Thanksgiving evening as a result of yet another Tampa Bay wrong way car accident. According to reports, a 21-year-old male of Bradenton was traveling northbound in the southbound center lane of Interstate 75 near Gibsonton Drive when he crashed into a Ford Focus. The man and woman inside the Ford Focus were from Ruskin. Even more tragically, this young couple were engaged to be married and were expecting their first child.
Santini Law expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends affected by this horrible automobile accident.
When a loved one has perished at the hands of another’s purposeful or negligent behavior, the loved one’s relatives may have the legal right to be compensated for their pain and suffering. Florida Statute section 768.19 allows the “estate” of the deceased person to bring a lawsuit when “a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act [or] negligence” of another.
Who is in charge of your deceased loved one’s “estate”? This is determined by a will, if the deceased had a will. If not, the Courts will determine who should be in charge of the estate. It is usually the closest relative of the deceased.
The Florida wrongful death statute contains the following elements. I will translate the legal terminology for easier reading. To start with, I’ll clarify that an “element” in a statute is something that must have happened in order for there to be a wrongful death lawsuit. In other words, all the bullet points below must have happened in order for one to even start a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida.
Wrongful death auto accident lawsuits are rarely so cut and dry as a wrong way accident. Often, car accident attorneys hire an expert called an accident reconstructionist (sort of like CSI for car accidents) to assess what really happened to determine if there was reckless driving, distracted driving, speeding, or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Sometimes accident fatality claims are caused not by other drivers, but by unsafe road conditions or construction on the roadway.
Santini Law offers free consultations to the loved ones of those have passed in car accidents or other types of accidents to determine if a wrongful death lawsuit is possible. Call or text our Riverview wrongful death lawyers today at 813-445-6121.
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