Although today's motor vehicles are built with a bevy of standard safety features, it is a sad fact that Florida residents die every year in collisions on roads and highways. Many of these accidents are caused by the poor driving choices of other motorists and the negligence that individuals practice when they allow distractions to take their attention off of their driving responsibilities. A death from a motor vehicle accident can be compensable, though, and may require a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death claim is usually based upon a death caused by another party's negligence or recklessness. Since the victim of a fatal accident cannot serve as a party to a civil lawsuit, it is the personal representative of their estate that may sue for the recovery of damages. That personal representative may seek compensation for the surviving family members of the victim, such as their kids, spouse, parents, and other possible dependents.