A growing epidemic across the state of Tennessee, and the country, is that of distracted driving. Drivers are often operating their vehicles while distracted due to many different factors. A growing cause of fatal accidents is that of distracted driving. Because of this, many wrongful death cases are being filed by surviving family members.
Drivers have access to so much technology while behind the wheel today, including built-in technology like satellite radio, GPS and other features. Add to that, the ability to bring mobile phones into the car and distracted driving can become very dangerous.
If a loved one has been involved in a distracted driving accident that led to a death, you or another surviving family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages. Wrongful death occurs when the negligence of someone else led to the death of a loved one.
Some of the damages you can recover in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a distracted driving accident include the following:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Attorney's fees
- Medical expenses incurred from the date of the accident to the death of your loved
- Loss of income from the time of the accident to what would have been your loved one's retirement date
- Pain and suffering endured by your loved one from the date of the accident to their death
- The emotional pain and suffering of the family stemming from the loss of the loved one
It can be overwhelming following a distracted driving accident that led to the death of a loved one. Not only are you dealing with pain and suffering, grief, sense of hopelessness and planning the services; you also need to start thinking of the future. The insurance company of the other driver, and even for your loved one, might try to settle quickly with a low number. Avoid speaking with insurance companies until you've talked to an attorney.
Visit our site today to learn more about wrongful death and how it applies to distracted driving accidents in Nashville, Tennessee.