While no one knows the exact moment he or she will die, it is an inevitable moment that will arrive in each person’s life. However, when a family member receives a phone call informing him or her that a loved one has been involved in a Florida automobile collision and did not survive his or her injuries, the shock of the news can intensify the grief that hits a family like a tidal wave. A spouse, a mother or father or other family member may have said good-bye to a loved one in the morning, not realizing it was the last time they would ever see each other.
No two people’s grieving processes are exactly the same. Each person must process his or her emotions, and the way that unfolds is unique and specific to every person who suffers loss from an unexpected and sudden death of a loved one. Keeping several things in mind may help a person cope with grief. For instance, many people experience grief in stages, including processing feelings of denial, anger, guilt or depression.
Reaching out to other family members, close friends, licensed counselors or ministers of faith can be a tremendous source of support when the loss of a loved one has occurred as a result of a motor vehicle collision. In cases where a family member’s vehicle was hit by a drunk driver or someone who was texting at the wheel, etc., intense feelings of frustration or anger may set in because such deaths are often preventable and occur due to driver negligence. Allowing oneself to feel whatever emotion surfaces and talking about one’s feelings to others who have experienced similar loss or who are licensed in grief counseling cannot erase one’s sorrow but can help make it more manageable.
Many Florida families experience financial distress after losing a loved one in a collision. State law allows an immediate family member to file a wrongful death claim against the person deemed responsible for the crash that resulted in fatality. There is no way to replace loss of life; however, court-awarded compensation provides needed funds to help families cover funeral expenses and other financial burdens associated with the collision that caused their loved one’s death.