Car accidents in Fort Myers are an unfortunately common occurrence. Sadly, injuries suffered by victims in crashes and collisions are often severe. In too many cases, victims never recover. Such a tragic loss is devastating for surviving family members. The fact that fatal car accidents typically occur due to the reckless actions of others involved makes them even harder to deal with. While nothing can change what happened or bring your loved one back, there are steps you can take to get justice.
Fatal Car Accidents in Fort Myers
A recent car accident in Lee County proved fatal for one of the drivers involved, only weeks after another deadly crash claimed the life of a Fort Myers man. According to a late February 2020 report by the News-Press, it happened on a Sunday night, near Maple Drive on Summerlin Road. Police are still investigating the causes and have released few details about the case, other than that the victim is the 12th traffic fatality to occur in our area since the beginning of the year. Overall, the number of fatal car accidents in Lee County has been steadily increasing since 2017.
Car accidents resulting in life-threatening injuries are common throughout the state, as well. According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), Florida ranks 11th highest in the country for motor vehicle accident deaths. These claim the lives of more than 3,000 people each year. In the majority of cases, the reckless actions of other motorists involved are to blame. Drunk driving is a factor in over 50% of these collisions. Other common causes include:
- Speeding and driving too fast for conditions;
- Running red lights and disregarding other traffic signals;
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating and improper passing;
- Driving while distracted, such as using cell phones or texting.
Holding At-Fault Drivers Responsible
Drivers whose reckless and negligent actions result in the deaths of other motorists can be held accountable. In addition to possible criminal charges, they can be held liable in wrongful death claims.
Under the Florida Statutes, surviving family members may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for their loved one’s death. While no amount of money can make up for your loss, taking the at-fault party to court can provide a measure of justice while ensuring you are provided for in a way your loved one would have wanted. Damages you may be entitled to include:
- Reimbursement of funeral costs and any outstanding medical debts;
- Compensation for losses in income your family suffers as a result;
- Compensation for the pain suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment in life you experience as a result.
Reach Out to Our Fort Myers Car Accident Attorneys
At the Bernardo Law Firm, we help family members of victims get justice when fatal car accidents happen. To discuss your options, reach out and contact our Fort Myers car accident attorney to request a consultation today.