- January 12, 2024
- Strong Law
- Car Accidents
If you have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one in a car accident, please accept our heartfelt condolences. At Strong Law, we empathize with the profound devastation our clients endure in the wake of such a profound loss.
We understand that coping with the loss of a loved one is an incredibly painful experience, made even more traumatic when their death was caused by a negligent driver. Our team of experienced lawyers specializes in handling wrongful death cases resulting from fatal car accidents. We are here to assist and support families who have lost their loved ones in these tragic incidents, providing the guidance and expertise needed to pursue a successful wrongful death lawsuit.
Fatal Car Accident Statistics
Every year in the U.S., motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of more than 38,000 individuals on average. Shockingly, according to the National Safety Council, the number of vehicle accident-related deaths escalated to over 42,000 in 2020.
The impact of fatal car accidents is both traumatic and life-altering. These tragic incidents leave families, friends, and communities devastated. When a loved one is lost, there are no easy solutions. However, seeking the guidance of a skilled fatal car accident lawyer is often a crucial step towards finding some semblance of support and justice.
How a Fatal Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Every car accident has its own unique circumstances, often involving distracted or negligent behavior. In the aftermath of a tragic incident, a skilled attorney can serve as your legal guide and advocate. They will diligently build a compelling case and fight for your right to receive the financial compensation you both need and deserve.
We understand that no amount of financial compensation can alleviate the pain of losing a loved one. However, it can help alleviate some of the economic burdens caused by the accident. During this difficult time, you don’t have to bear the financial burden alone.
After the passing of a loved one, it may take time to fully comprehend the financial implications that arise. Short-term and long-term expenses can prove to be challenging. These may include:
- Medical bills – The burden of paying for surgeries or hospitalization can be overwhelming.
- Funeral costs – The expenses for funerals and burials can amount to thousands of dollars.
- Loss of financial resources – The loss of your loved one’s wages, health insurance, and other economic benefits can have a devastating impact. Especially if you have children, this can place significant stress on you and your family.
- Loss of companionship – The sudden loss of a spouse or partner is profoundly devastating. It can have detrimental effects on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
- Pain and suffering – The loss of someone you deeply loved can have far-reaching consequences. It can disrupt various aspects of your life, affecting your ability to work and fulfill other obligations.
Causes of Fatal Car Accidents
Fatal car accidents can occur with a single vehicle or involve multiple vehicles, presenting countless possible scenarios. However, distracted driving emerges as the leading cause of these tragic incidents. To mitigate such risks, laws universally prohibit drivers from engaging in calls with handheld devices while in motion.
Other contributing factors to fatal car accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to comply with traffic signals
- Reckless driving
- Inappropriate driving in adverse weather conditions
- Unsafe lane maneuvers
- Wrong-way driving
- Road rage
- Animal crossings
- Street racing
Regardless of the cause, if your loved one’s life was taken due to negligence or recklessness, we can assist you in seeking compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Wrongful death refers to the unfortunate loss of life caused by the actions of another, regardless of whether it was accidental or intentional. If a loved one loses their life in a car accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another party, a skilled car accident lawyer can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for the family members left behind.
It’s important to note that a wrongful death case falls under civil law, not criminal law. This means that your lawyer handling the fatal car accident case does not need to prove that the other party had the intent to harm or cause death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Fatal Accident?
The responsibility of filing a wrongful death claim lies with the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. Under the law, priority is given to the surviving spouse and children, who may receive the entire or a portion of the award based on the circumstances of the case. In the absence of a surviving spouse or children, the award may be eligible for the deceased person’s parents. Similarly, if there are no surviving spouse, children, or parents, the award may be allocated to the deceased person’s siblings.
Contact a Fatal Car Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to the recklessness or negligence of another, reach out to Strong Law. We will thoroughly examine the facts, gather statements, collect evidence, and construct a wrongful death case. Don’t navigate the complexities of car accident laws alone. We are here to support you and your family.
At Strong Law, our dedicated attorneys for fatal car accidents are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. With over a decade of experience, we will guide you through this challenging time with empathy and understanding.