Fatal Car Crashes and Wrongful Death
Losing someone you love is devastating is so many
ways. Simply dealing with the heartache of your loss can be overwhelming. Now
imagine you lost your loved one suddenly due to the negligence of someone else.
The pain can be unbearable. What’s also unfortunate is that some families are financially
devasted when a loss like this occurs. When someone’s death is the result of
another person’s negligence the claim is called a “wrongful death”.
Over 40,000 people died in fatal car accidents in 2017, the most recent numbers available from the National Safety Council (NSC). While that number declined slightly from the previous year, it does not mean progress. The NSC states this is “a leveling off of the steepest two-year increase in more than 50 years.”
“The price we are paying for mobility is 40,000 lives
each year,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. ” While
not all those deaths occurred due to the negligence of others, think of the
number of lives that are affected by one wrongful death alone.
When a family suffers from a wrongful death the law
provides for financial compensation for those who have been left behind. Laws
differ from state to state. But a
wrongful death claim often provides compensation for things such as:
- • Mental anguish, emotional distress, grief, and sorrow
- • Loss of companionship
- • Funeral, burial, or cremation expenses
- • Final medical expenses
- • Loss of your loved one’s future income
- • Loss of your loved one’s service to your family such as child care or home maintenance
Deaths that are caused by the negligence
of another person can occur in many ways. Often a motor vehicle is involved,
and the deceased person may be a passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist, or the
driver in another vehicle.
Wrongful deaths can also be the result of
poor medical care, dangerous or defective products, construction accidents, and
many other situations. To recover for the death of another you must be in a
close emotional and/or family relationship with the deceased. The death must
have been caused by the negligent or intentional action of another person or
entity. (Sometimes the responsible party is “strictly liable” for causing the
death even if there has been no negligence) Sometimes these issues can be
difficult to figure out; particularly during the grieving stages after such a
VanDerGinst Law has advocated for the
families of wrongful death victims for over 30 years. If your loved one died as
a result of the negligence of someone else, we would be honored to help. The
consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win, contact VanDerGinst Law, P.C. at 800-960-8529. The law is tough
and being injured is tougher. We’ll make it easier for you.
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