Deaths Caused by Car Accidents

Each year, over 30,000 people die in the United States as a result of a car accident. These usually preventable deaths leave a trail of emotionally distraught and financial distress for the victims' families. Loved ones are often left with large medical and funeral bills to pay, and have to plan on how to survive financially without the wages of the deceased.

Car Accident Deaths Statistics

According to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the year 2011, 32,367 people lost their lives on America's roadways that year. Although this is 1.9 percent less (632 fewer deaths in 2011) than the number of deaths (32,999) from car accidents in 2010, it is still an unacceptable number. Especially when we consider that many automobile deaths are preventable. For example, when someone dies as a result of an accident caused by a drunk driver, that death was preventable. Fatalities caused by alcohol-impaired drivers in 2011 amounted to 9,878 deaths or 31 percent of the total car accident fatalities.

Unfortunately, Florida ranks second in the nation for most car accidents deaths (right behind California). Florida had 2,398 car accident related fatalities in 2011, of which at least 716 (30 percent) were alcohol-related. It is important to note that alcohol-related deaths increased in our state from 678 in 2010 to 716 in 2011. This represents a 5.6 percent increase (38 more deaths) over 2010 (678). Understand, that not every alcohol related accident is classified that way and it is our belief that alcohol and drugs plays an even higher role in causing accidents.

Of course, drunk drivers are not the only ones that cause car accident fatalities. Generally speaking, car accidents (including those caused by drunk drivers) are caused by the negligent acts of drivers. Whether the driver at fault failed to stop at a traffic light or a stop sign; whether he or she was distracted talking on the phone or texting while driving; whether excessive speed was involved; whether the other driver had a suspended license or no license at all; whether he or she failed to yield the right-of-way, or failed to stop in time, etc., you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Compensation for Deaths in Car Accidents

If you have lost a loved one as a result of the negligent or reckless acts of the operator of the car in which they were a passenger or those of the driver of another car, we may be able to help you recover just and fair compensation for your loss. These are complicated cases where you need the assistance of a lawyer with experience handling motor vehicle accident cases. Liability, or fault must be investigated, damages and causation proven and the loss "made real" and understandable so that the insurance company or jury can decide damages. The lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have more than 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases, including cases of wrongful death in car accidents. Visit the Notable Cases section of our website to learn more about the wrongful death and car accident cases handled by our firm in the past.

Florida law entitles the families of wrongful death victims to compensation for their losses. Such compensation may be for:

  • Medical bills, if any incurred while caring for your loved one before he or she passed away;
  • Funeral expenses;
  • Loss of financial support, which includes your loved one's income over the course of his or her life (future loss of wages);
  • Loss of the care and services that you and your family received from the victim;
  • Loss of the companionship you and your family received from the deceased. This includes the companionship that non-financially depended family members like parents and siblings received.
  • The emotional distress that the loss of your loved one has caused you and your family, as well as any psychological and/or physical injuries that such emotional distress may have caused.
We Can Help

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else's negligent actions, the lawyers of the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone and Urbano, P.A. may be able to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us immediately at 305-595-2400.

We offer a free consultation and handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything unless we win compensation for you.