Some Florida Counties Seeing Higher Than Usual Traffic Death Rates in 2020
With 2020 having a lot of us locked down at home, one would think that traffic fatalities would be reduced. And in many places, they are. However, some Florida counties are seeing higher-than usual traffic fatality rates. Consider, for instance, Lee County, Florida. At Draper Law Offices, our legal team is committed to helping those who are injured in serious accidents. From collecting compensation to helping families deal with crushing medical debt, our team has the experience and compassion it takes to help families get through the hardest times.
Osceola County Traffic Deaths
In the Kissimmee area, there have been several major traffic fatalities in just the last few months. These include a 33-year-old pedestrian struck and killed on Old Tampa Highway in August 2020, a 60-year-old man involved in a motor vehicle crash in July 2020, and a 43-year-old highway construction worker who was struck and killed while working in October 2020. This string of incidents tends to show just how dangerous our local roadways can be.
Your Rights in a Wrongful Death Action
Here in the Orlando area, traffic collisions are a daily occurrence. Sadly, with high speed interstate travel, millions of tourists visiting annually, and year-round inviting, traffic accidents tend to be very severe in the area. If a loved one dies in a traffic crash, it’s imperative to start an investigation quickly. Here are some key rights that all families have if they lose a loved one:
- Right to hire an attorney
- Right to have insurance companies speak with your attorney instead
- Right to sue those responsible for a loved one’s death
- Right to seek monetary compensation
What You Can Collect in a Wrongful Death Action
When pursuing a claim for wrongful death, surviving family members can potentially seek compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Final expenses
- Funeral and hospice bills
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of support and income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages (in very limited circumstances)
What to Look for in a Lawyer
Given high fatality rates around the state, it’s worth noting that not all personal injury lawyers and law firms are the same. A lot of lawyers advertise big awards or tell you how much money they’ll get you, but not every attorney has decades of experience helping Floridians recover compensation. At Draper Law Offices, we’ve been helping families recover compensation since 1984, and we pride ourselves on providing an individual approach. When looking for an attorney, here are a few things to look for:
- Is the attorney experienced?
- How many cases has the attorney handled in their career?
- Does the firm have the time and staffing to give you personalized attention?
- Does the firm respond to your calls or emails?
- Are they able to answer your questions to your satisfaction?
No lawyer can guarantee success, and no lawyer can tell you exactly how much money can be recovered. However, a skilled Kissimmee personal injury attorney should be able to give you estimates of how long a case could take, discuss the different factors that go into compensation, and answer questions about the process, what to expect, and strengths and weaknesses of your case. For help after an auto accident or to pursue compensation after the loss of a loved one, call or visit online to schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney from Draper Law Office today.