Fatal Accidents

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:34 by admin
Each year, over 40,000 automobile drivers and passengers in America die as the result of a fatal accident. That equates to one death every 12 minutes due to fatal accidents. In a majority of fatal accidents, the deceased were not wearing their seat belt when the accident occurred. Despite seat belts being mandatory in most states, some people ignore this safety measure and end up a casualty as a result.

Drunk drivers account for 40% of fatal accidents, speeding accounts for 33%, and reckless driving and driver error account for approximately 33% of these deadly collisions. While these statistics are unfortunate in among themselves, it is even more unfortunate that many of these fatal accidents could have been avoided.

Nothing is worse than losing a loved in a fatal accident. While nothing can fill the void of losing a loved one, you might be entitled to compensation if someone you love was killed as the result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct. Each state has established laws which set out the course of action for filing a wrongful death suit in a fatal accident. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the following requirements must be met:

   • a death occurred
   • another’s negligence was the cause of the death
   • there is loss due to the death
   • a surviving family member or person authorized by statute is entitled to sue.

Once it has been determined that another’s negligence was the cause of the death in a fatal accident, the damages in wrongful death claims may include any of the following:

   • loss of sexual relations
   • financial loss
   • loss of companionship
   • mental anguish and suffering

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident, you should seek the help of a qualified attorney who can evaluate your claim. Please note that there are limitations of time (statutes of limitations) involved in your lawsuit, so it is important to act quickly. A qualified fatal accident | wrongful death attorney will help determine the compensation you are entitled to as a surviving relative.

See Also

  1. Automobile & Motorcycle Accidents
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