My husband died in a Palm Beach car crash. The accident was caused by another driver, and my friend says that I should file a wrongful death claim. Can a car accident be a cause of wrongful death?
The term wrongful death refers to any death caused by the wrongful behavior or negligence of another person or entity. In the event of a wrongful death, the surviving family members may file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against the person, company or agency responsible for the death. Wrongful death lawsuits can help a grieving family financially and emotionally. These lawsuits are often the only avenue a family has to seek justice for the loss of their loved one.
If you have lost a loved one to a Florida traffic accident, the death certainly feels wrong, but it may also be legally wrong. In fact, according to Palm Beach wrongful death attorney David Glatthorn, most Florida car accident fatalities can be considered wrongful deaths, as negligence is the leading cause of car accidents. However, your attorney will have to prove that the death was caused by the negligence of another.
Examples of negligence that may cause a fatal Palm Beach car accident include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of over-the-counter, prescription, or illegal drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Driving while texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone
- Other types of distracted driving
- Blatant disregard of Florida traffic laws
If you have lost a loved one in a Florida car crash, and you have questions about wrongful death lawsuits and damages, contact Palm Beach wrongful death attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525. The initial consultation is free.