Fatal Car Accident Lawyer in Port St. Lucie, FL
Based on a recent report on auto accidents by the Florida Department of Transportation, car accident fatalities are on the rise. Most of these result from acts of negligence such as aggressive driving, drunk driving, distracted driving, disobedience of traffic rules, and so on. Any act of negligence that leads to the suffering of another person is punishable by the law, and you should seek justice if a careless road user caused you to suffer personal injury or property damage.
Regardless of whether you sustained broken bones or fractures, lost a major body part, sustained other forms of injury, suffered property damage, or lost a loved one due to the carelessness of another motorist, you can count on us for help. We will evaluate your case at no cost and provide you with the best legal services Port St. Lucie, FL has to offer. We provide customized representation for your unique case to ensure you win the highest compensation amount possible.
Proving a Fatal Car Accident Claim
For a wrongful death claim to be successful, you must be able to determine that the death resulted from an accident that occurred due to the defendant’s negligence. The defendant could be a driver, an employer, a maintenance technician, or at times the vehicle manufacturer.
We will prove negligence by showing that the defendant owed you a duty of care which he/she breached and as a result of the breach, an accident occurred. Our attorney will also be able to substantiate that the death of your loved one or damages incurred were a direct consequence of that accident. Proving fault gives you the grounds you need to claim fair compensation to cover all damages resulting from the crash.
Evidence for Wrongful Death Claims
Proving negligence will call for gathering evidence from:
- Police reports
- Accident reconstruction official’s statement
- Witness testimonies
- At-fault driver recordings admitting to fault
- Surveillance cameras
- Vehicle dashboard cameras
- Accident scene pictures
Once fault is proven, what follows is determining the extent of the damages that the accident subjected you to. The purpose of this is determining the settlement amount you deserve. Our lawyers achieve this by:
- Evaluating medical bill reports – Out-of-pocket payments made for emergency medical care, ambulance fees, prescription drug receipts, special doctor appointment, and every other amount the deceased individual spent as a result of the injury before death.
- Calculating funeral costs.
- Calculating all property damages resulting from the fatal accident.
- Aggregating the income, companionship, and service that were formerly provided by the deceased individual; this is especially important if the deceased was the household’s breadwinner.
- Calculating non-financial damages such as pain and suffering of the loved one before death, emotional trauma subjected to the family, loss of companionship, and so on.
- Determining the right amount of compensation for each of these generally requires the services of experts such as medical professionals and financial projectors. We have many of these experts in our network and you can count on our ability to get you the best settlement.
In summary, below are compensation claims you can pursue after a fatal accident:
- Current and future medical bills resulting from the crash
- Burial and funeral bills
- Lost capacity for earning
- Loss of companionship and love
- Missing support, care, and the services formerly provided by the loved one
- Loss of potential inheritance
- Mental anguish
- Damage recovery
Beyond gathering the facts and evidence needed to win your case, we will identify and then help you claim damages from all compensation avenues that are legally open to you. Compensation is generally claimed from the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. However, that might not be sufficient to cater for all damages, and our lawyers will help you file for punitive damages if need be. Punitive damage claims punish the negligent party for their actions. If a liable driver’s insurance cover cannot cater for all damages, a punitive suit may be filed with the intention of extracting additional compensation from their assets.
A victim’s healthcare cover and life cover can be used to complement your settlement figure from the victim’s insurer. In case fatalities resulted from a hit and run accident, your uninsured motorist cover may be used to compensate damages. An underinsured motorist claim might be filed to your insurer if the driver responsible for your accident did not have enough cover to cater for all losses.
Our lawyers will identify all settlement avenues that are open to you and negotiate aggressively to your maximum advantage.
Talk to Our Award-Winning Lawyers about Your Accident
Proving negligence requires fast action since, with time, evidence can quickly disappear, witnesses could forget about accident details, and claim-filing time limits could be missed.
Our fatal car accident lawyers in Port St. Lucie, FL have decades of experience in fatal accident claims and are ready to help you get justice. Click here to tell us about your accident and to schedule a free, no obligation consultation about your legal options.