Was A Loved One Struck And Killed By A Irresponsible Driver In Venice?
Southwest Florida has been growing at a rapid pace over the past decade and as our population has increased so have the number of pedestrians, car drivers, truck operators, and others who are driving or riding on already busy roads. Thus, with so many individuals sharing the roadways, it shouldn't come as a surprise that pedestrian crashes happen as often as they do, especially on dangerous roadways like Tamiami Trail, University Parkway, US 301 and Interstate 75. According to research from Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), 8,117 traffic accidents happened across Florida in 2020, and the crashes resulted in a total of 715 people to lose their lives.
Death is certainly a potential outcome anytime a person is struck by a car. However, it isn't the only one. People can also sustain severe injuries in these kinds of collisions. In fact, going back to the FLHSMV data from 2020, 5,039 injuries and 1,265 incapacitating injuries stemmed from the 8,117 pedestrian crashes that year. But, for these purposes, this post is primarily focusing on the wrongful death aspect of these incidents.
Changing A Tire Can Be Fatal
On April 7, 2022, at about ten minutes before 6:00 p.m., the driver of a Toyota Scion was attempting to change a flat tire along the roadway. While outside the vehicle doing the chore, the person was hit by a Mazda vehicle. After being struck the critically injured driver was transported to a nearby hospital and received emergency medical care, but unfortunately, his injuries were too severe, and he eventually succumbed to them, losing his life.
Although this specific situation didn't occur in Venice FL, it shows how quickly things can go from bad to worse when vehicle operators have to get outside of their cars. Similar fatal accidents are a frequent occurrence all too often along I-75 on Florida's Suncoast. All motorists have to do is make minor mistakes for pedestrians to get killed. Negligent or reckless actions behind the wheel that could be responsible for claiming someone's life include but aren't limited to:
• Distracted driving
• Drunk driving
Are You Entitled To Fair Compensation For Your Loss?
If a loved one was taken from you by a negligent driver in Venice, you might be entitled to fair compensation for the loss. Unfortunately, the winnings won't make up for what you lost in any way, shape, or form. That doesn't mean you shouldn't seek them, though. After all, the funds will undoubtedly come in handy for covering the relative's final expenses. Dignity Memorial states that the average cost of a funeral in the United States was $7,848 at the end of 2021.
And what about medical expenses? Did your person receive medical care before they passed away? If that's the case, the hospital or a collection agency could eventually want you to pay the tab. So, don't sit on your hands and do nothing because that may leave you covering expenses out of your own pocket.
Who Should You Contact?
Did the reckless actions of another kill your loved one? If you believe that to be true and want to seek compensation, it is time to get in touch with a personal injury law firm. Not just any old corporation will do, though. You should only be looking for the best of the best to represent you in the matter. There are certainly plenty of choices in the Venice area, but you'll want to make it a point to get Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh on your radar.
Your attorney consultation is free, so you won't need to worry about upfront payments. With all the high dollar skyrocketing prices wreaking havoc on budgets these days, that's something everyone can appreciate. Not to mention, personal injury clients only owe fees when compensation is recovered. So, what have you got to lose? Give us a call, and let's discuss your situation sooner rather than later.