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Attorney Henry E. Valenzuela

U.S. traffic deaths reach 20-year high in 2022

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Every day, motor vehicle accidents happen. They often leave people with serious injuries or, in some cases, cause death. According to an Insurance Journal report, the number of fatal auto collisions across the U.S. jumped significantly through the first three months of 2022. The increase marks the largest number of traffic crash deaths since 2002 in a given quarter.

The report largely points to riskier behaviors by motorists as many roadways saw decreased traffic as a leading cause of the increase. In addition to the emotional and physical effects of losing a loved one in a wreck, the sudden loss of a family member often has substantial financial implications for people. For example, they may lose the income that supports their families or incur expenses like medical bills and funeral costs.

What to do after losing a loved one?

Losing a loved one in an auto accident often leaves families reeling – struggling to manage their grief and adjust to life without their family member. While it cannot bring back the person they lost, obtaining financial compensation may aid in supporting them as they adjust. Therefore, some consider filing wrongful death lawsuits.

What damages can you seek?

For a wrongful death action in Florida, you may recover damages to compensate for the death. For instance, this includes the following:

  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of support and services
  • Pain and suffering

When auto accidents caused by other drivers take the lives of their loved ones, people may consider all their options to aid them as they work to move forward.