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Fatal Car Accidents

fatal car accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Poor driving skills, aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic laws – these are some of the reasons behind many car accidents. If you’ve lost a loved one as the result of negligent or reckless behavior of the driver of a motor vehicle, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. The losses created by a wrongful death aren’t just emotional – survivors can face significant monetary losses as well. That’s why wrongful death lawsuits seek compensation for the survivor(s), including medical costs, lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, funeral expenses, and more.

Talk to our Miami Car Accident Lawyers before accepting a settlement

Though it may be difficult to think about legal action when you are grieving, you need to carefully evaluate your options before making any decisions. Insurance companies will try to settle your case quickly, and pay as little as possible. You need to understand your legal rights before accepting any type of settlement.

Proving a claim

To bring a car accident wrongful death claim successfully to court, you must prove that the accident was caused by a negligent driver or, in some cases, a defective automobile design or part. That’s why it’s important to investigate wrongful death cases as quickly as possible, before evidence is lost, witnesses forget details, or any court deadlines or time limits have been missed. Contacting an attorney in a timely manner is the most important thing you can do to help close your case and get the compensation you need.

To obtain the maximum settlement, you’ll need to document your case extensively. This could involve obtaining large amounts of information, which may include:

  • Medical records, including autopsy reports, and bills, including funeral expenses.
  • Police reports.
  • Wage, benefits, inheritance, support, and other loss information.
  • Witness statements.
  • Photographs, damage estimates, and repair estimates.
  • Statements from medical professionals and other experts.

All of this documentation may need to be presented to the insurance company or other corporations as part of the negotiation, and possibly filed with the court for your legal claim if the insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to collect the appropriate information and relevant items, and present them on your behalf.

Remember, too, that car accident injuries can cause death long after the initial accident. Even years after an accident, damage from things like traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries can lead to death. Again, it’s important to document the accident and the injuries as soon as possible, to improve your chances of prevailing in a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact a qualified car accident attorney as quickly as possible.

Recovering damages

Beyond the facts of your case, an experienced Miami car accident attorney can help you determine the existence of insurance or assets to satisfy your legal claim. For under- or uninsured drivers, your attorney can seek other potential sources of recovery, including assets such as business insurance, homeowner’s policies, or a trucking company’s insurance.

Friedman, Rodman, & Frank have the resources and knowledge to uncover assets to compensate you for your losses, and we understand the complex legal issues as well as the personal loss you’ve endured. From our South Florida law offices, we’ll help you fight for your legal rights and handle the details of your case. Contact us at 305-448-8585 or toll free at 877-448-8585 or by completing our online form for a free, confidential consultation in English, Spanish, or Creole. We’ll start working to help you recover from your loss.

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Carolyn Frank and her firm represented me on a workers compensation injury case, under the defense base act. She did a excellent job from the moment I contacted her until 3 years later the case was settled. Every benefit I was entitled too, Carolyn fought hard to secure. E-mails and phone calls were always returned promptly. Definitely 5 star rating. Daniel
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I would like to thank the staff of Friedman, Rodman and Frank, P.A. The staff is professional. My attorney, Ronald Rodman, was responsive towards my email and a great advocate on my behalf for my car accident. I highly recommend this office. I hope that I will not get in a car accident again, but if I do, I'm calling Mr. Rodman. Orlando R.