In Jacksonville, Florida and other cities throughout the State of Florida, a car crash is just about something you see every day. With the growth of the State and more and more vehicles on the road, car crashes are a common occurrence. Tragically, some of these car accidents result in the untimely and tragic death of a child. As passengers of a vehicle, children are almost never at fault for the crash taking place. Certainly, the death of a child has a ripple effect through the parents, family, neighborhood, school and community. Having attending a number of funerals involving a child, it is clear that no words or compensation for that matter can console a parent or family member who has lost a child due to the negligence driving of another person.
In Jacksonville, Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol reported a recent accident that tragically led to the death of two children and personal injuries of two other children. It was reported that Symere Woolbright – age 5 – and Rickale Woolbright – age 10 – died as a result of this rear end crash. See Children Killed in Jacksonville, Florida Crash – 2 Killed and 2 Injured.
While some accidents may seem cut and dry as to fault or liability, there are a number of challenges and issues that go with the pursuit of a Florida Wrongful Death case on behalf of the parents of a child who dies as a result of a motor vehicle accident. It is important to determine all applicable insurance policies that may provide coverage for the damages / losses as a result of the automobile accident. Insurance companies do not always act in the best interest of the family of a deceased child. The insurance company has a duty to act reasonably and timely. If the insurance company fails to do so, the applicable insurance policy limits may be expanded to what is called extra-contractual compensation. It means that the insurance company may ultimately be pressured to pay out more than the applicable policy limits but only if it can be shown that the insurance company failed to act timely and reasonably. To prove such conduct, documentation is vital.
When a person dies as a result of an automobile accident or other form of negligence, the case must be pursued according to the laws set forth by the Florida Wrongful Death Act. An estate must be ultimately set up. Furthermore, there are other hoops or legal requirements to jump through to follow the applicable law.
David Wolf is the author of 11 books that focus on personal injury and child injury issues including the book – When a Parent’s World Goes From Full to Empty – The Wrongful Death of a Child – What You Need to Know About The Florida Wrongful Death Act. You can get this book for free at Wrongful Death Book.