It may not be something anyone wants to think about, but when a car accident happens, there is a chance that the wreck is devastating enough to cause fatal injuries to any of the people involved in the crash. When a person dies in a motor vehicle accident, their loved ones will want to know the circumstances of the crash, and they may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver that is at fault for the crash.
So how does wrongful death litigation function in the wake of a car accident? The first thing to realize is that you have to be able to prove that another driver was negligent or reckless in the crash.
Sadly, in today's day and age, negligence isn't uncommon out on the road. People text and drive, get intoxicated, speed down the road, run red lights, and commit various other forms of dangerous driving. Fatal accidents that have these circumstances could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are two other factors to consider with this type of litigation:
- The deceased victim in the accident must have been survived by a spouse, children, or other beneficiaries.
- The death of the victim must have caused monetary damages to those survivors.
In wrongful death cases, experienced legal counsel is important because the intricacies of these cases can cause issues. Having an advocate that will stand up for your rights and interests is imperative to giving yourself the best chance with wrongful death litigation.
Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death in a Car Accident," Accessed Oct. 5, 2017