You may have heard the phrase, “one phone call can change your life.” It’s a terrifying concept because it’s true. A single moment in time, all too often a car crash, has the power to completely destroy all of your future plans and give great perspective on life. Losing any loved one is a tragedy, but the loss of a husband or wife is particularly difficult to cope with as your spouse is normally your greatest source of support. They are the person you turn to when there is no one else. If you have children or other dependents, the situation becomes even more painful when you suddenly become a single parent. Small mistakes by a distracted or impaired driver lead to too many people like you answering an unexpected call that changes their lives.
Fatal Car Crashes are on the Rise
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. You are not alone in what you are experiencing. Over 30,000 people die and nearly 2.5 million people are injured in car accidents every year in America. The enhanced safety features in many newer vehicles brought with them a steady decline in fatal crashes for many years, but collisions are becoming more deadly again. The change in trends seems to be associated with more people using their cell phones while driving.
The numbers for Florida don’t look any better. Although driving under the influence seems to be the cause of fewer crashes, distracted driving is becoming more prevalent. Numerous studies have proven that distracted driving (texting, calling, tuning the radio, turning around to grab something, etc.) is even more dangerous than being impaired because it takes the driver’s eyes off of the road.
How a Florida Car Accident Attorney Can Help You Recover after the Death of Your Spouse
Even if your partner had life insurance, you may still be on a limited income without the help of your significant other. In addition to the loss being emotionally devastating, it leads to a lot of practical problems as well.
Coordinating bank accounts to make sure all your bills are paid; scheduling your work around pick-up and drop-off times for children’s school and extracurricular activities; dealing with everyday issues; and of course, trying to heal from the emotional wound of losing your best friend are all stressful.
As an attorney, I cannot take any of those stresses away. But, I can assure you that our team will handle with care and skill the legal side of your situation- from investigating what exactly happened to your spouse, to dealing with medical providers and gathering bills, all the way through to a settlement or a trial on the issues- so you can focus on your family and your life. You can be involved as much or as little as you’d like throughout this process.
If your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s carelessness on the road, you may have a right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as that of your children, the loss of your spouse’s economic contribution to your home, and various other forms of legal damages. No amount of money can undo what has been done and bring your family back together, but we hope it can help you begin to build a new life. For more information on how we can help you, call our office to speak with an attorney or review our summary of the Florida Wrongful Death Act, the law that governs your rights as a surviving spouse.