When drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, they represent a significant danger — to both themselves and other motorists. Every year in Volusia and Flagler Counties, many drivers lose their lives to the negligence of another motorist.
The sudden loss of a loved one is a devastating blow for the victim’s family members. On top of the emotional burden, families must also contend with the economic consequences of the accident. Funeral expenses, medical bills and lost wages can quickly overwhelm a family that has lost a loved one.
If the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you have a right to sue for damages. At Joe Horrox Law, we have the resources and experience necessary to pursue even the most complex wrongful death car accident cases. We investigate the accident thoroughly to determine what factors led to the collision, and what effect the incident has had on your family.
HANDLING PARTIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Many people believe that if a fatal accident victim was in some way responsible for causing the collision, then his or her family cannot recover compensation. This is not true. In fact, it may still be possible to pursue a successful wrongful death claim.
Under Florida law, personal injury cases follow a standard known as “comparative liability” when determining who is responsible for a victim’s injuries. Under this standard, all parties in an accident, including the victim, may be found to be partially responsible for the incident. When the jury reaches a verdict, negligent parties will have to pay a percentage of the total compensation based on their level of responsibility. If, for example, a negligent driver was found to be 60 percent responsible for a fatal accident, then he or she would have to pay 60 percent of the total damages to the family of the victim.
We understand how to use this system to our clients’ benefit. A fatal accident can have a number of contributing factors; at our law office, we examine all relevant possibilities to develop a full understanding of the incident. Then, we aggressively pursue compensation from the parties responsible.
GET HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER
To contact attorney Joe Horrox, please fill out our online form or call 386-200-4283. Our Daytona Beach law office provides free consultations to all potential clients, as well as evening and weekend appointments upon request.