The wrongful death of a loved one is traumatizing.
You might not know how to handle the circumstances surrounding the death or the grief that will overcome you in the days, weeks and months after. Wrongful death can occur in many different situations, including car accidents.
Before looking at wrongful death in a fatal car accident, we need to look at the common causes of car accidents. These include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Texting and driving
- Impaired driving
- Inclement weather
- Car defects
- Highway hazards
- Reckless driving
- Inexperienced drivers
Losing a loved one in a fatal car crash can be overwhelming. You likely aren't sure what to do moving forward or even how to handle such a tragic loss. The elements of a wrongful death case involving a car accident include the following:
- A driver caused a crash that led to the death of your loved one.
- That driver's actions were reckless, wrongful or negligent, which made the driver the at-fault party.
- The victim of the crash has surviving children, a spouse or another dependent or beneficiary.
- The love one's death led to monetary damages, which can be non-monetary and monetary.
Car accidents that are serious enough can lead to death. That death could be classified as wrongful if the driver who caused the accident was operating the vehicle negligently or in a reckless manner. It's essential to make sure that you know what it takes to prove a wrongful death case if you have a loved one killed in a car accident and to get the compensation you and your family need to move forward.