It can be almost unimaginable to consider a loved one being killed in a car accident. This is the unfortunate reality with over 37,000 fatalities in the United States each year. Feeling overwhelmed with the shock and grief of this news is normal and understanding what you can do to sort out the process is important.
If your loved one is killed in a car accident:
When you receive the news go to the accident scene as soon as possible.
Contact the police if they have not been notified of the accident.
Take appropriate pictures at the scene including logs of the property damage, skid marks, and both vehicles. Make sure that you can capture the footage from multiple angles.
Speak to any witnesses and make sure that you are able to take notes. Allow the police to speak to the at-fault driver to capture the full police report.
Should you consider a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death claim can be opened up against the person responsible for the accident and when working with a professional attorney you can work at seeking compensation for the accident from the person who is at fault. If the accident was caused by a driver that was determined to be negligent for reasons such as intoxication, distracted driving or speeding this could provide an argument or evidence that the death was preventable.
Keep in mind that there are many types of accidents and criminal charges may be brought against the at-fault driver. Working with a wrongful death lawyer, we will make sure that you can open up a civil suit which is separate from criminal proceedings so that you can get access to the compensation that you need to manage costs associated with funeral expenses, lost future wages, medical expenses, loss of inheritance and more.
Contact us today if your loved one has been involved in a wrongful death suit requiring a formal inquiry.
This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a personal injury attorney in Pasco County at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve!