Most people in Florida can relate to the loss of a loved one in some way. Sometimes we lose a loved one to an unpreventable illness or simply old age. The grief that follows such a loss is profound. However, imagine if your loved one's death could have been prevented. That grief is fraught not just with sorrow but also with anger and pain.
Residents are hard workers, and when a person has a job operating heavy machinery, one can appreciate the physical labor they undertake every day as part of their job. However, these workers can be especially vulnerable to on-the-job accidents, some of which can be fatal. One recent incident exemplifies how certain jobs may pose the risk of a fatal workplace accident.
Most people in our state do not anticipate that they will be in a fatal car crash. Unfortunately, as statistics show, all too many people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. In 2017, there were 2,920 fatal traffic accidents here, which caused 3,117 deaths. In addition, 659 pedestrians were killed after being struck by a vehicle, and 127 bicyclists lost their lives after being hit by a car. So far, 2018 has seen 2,198 fatal traffic accidents, killing 2,360 individuals in our state. Moreover, 518 pedestrians lost their lives after being hit by a car, and 108 bicyclists died in accidents with automobiles.
It may go without saying that it is never easy to lose a beloved family member. We often hope that our loved ones will live to a ripe old age. However, sometimes this expectation is shattered when our loved one is killed due to the negligent or wrongful acts of another.
The loss of a loved one is never easy, but when that loss comes at the hands of another person, the blow is even more devastating. Whether it is in a car crash, medical malpractice, criminal act or any other breach of a duty of care owed to the victim, the victim's survivors in such situations may wish to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. One way to do this is through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Motorcycling has become more mainstream these days, and whether it is a person on a traditional Harley Davidson or a person on a more modern motorcycle, it is not unusual for people in Florida to see a motorcyclist on any given day. However, what hasn't changed over the years is the fact that motorcycling presents dangers that people driving automobiles do not face. While the use of helmets and protective clothing has become more commonplace, the fact of the matter is that a motorcycle doesn't offer the rider the same structural protection a car has. There are no seatbelts, no airbags and no crumple zones. So, when a motorist strikes a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist could wind up severely injured or even killed.
When a person loses a loved one, it can be a difficult experience. When a loved one dies simply due to old age, their survivors will grieve tremendously, but will understand that this is at least a natural cause of death. However, when a loved one's death is due to the negligence of another, such as in a car crash, the victim's survivors are left with a whole other type of grief highlighted by anger and pain. In such situations, the victim's survivors may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Florida is a major vacation destination, attracting visitors from across the globe. Florida is also a prime place of business, where many people travel for work. "Snowbirds" from the northern states head to Florida when cold weather strikes, to take advantage of the state's mild winter temperatures. And, many people travel to Florida to visit family and loved ones. Unfortunately, an international trip turned deadly for four women from Spain, who were killed in a car crash in the Florida Keys earlier this month.
Florida has enacted wrongful death statutes, recognizing the public policy that the losses a person's survivors incur when a wrongful death takes place should be shifted to the wrongdoer.
The death of a loved one is never easy. Whether a person in Florida died in their sleep in their old age, or whether a person died from a terminal illness, the loved ones left behind must find some way to cope and move forward with their lives.