Fatal Auto Accidents: Information for Surviving Family Members
After a fatal auto accident in which you lost a loved one, the road ahead will look stressful, sorrowful, and all-around uncertain. The grief you feel can make it difficult to focus on what you need to do following the fatal accident. However, it is important to remember you have rights as a surviving family member. In particular, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
Collecting Evidence is More Important Than Ever
When you lose a loved one in a fatal car accident caused by a negligent party, you need to have ample evidence of the negligence or wrongdoing. You can be certain that the liable party and the insurance company representing them will want to contest your claim. Wrongful death claims can bring about significant damages, and the liable parties will want to avoid paying them.
If possible, try to collect evidence after the fatal auto accident. There is no such thing as having too much information in such a sensitive situation. Photographs, eyewitness statements, and official reports from emergency responders, medical providers, and law enforcement are valuable.
Working with a highly experienced attorney is encouraged. You need to find a law firm that is willing to participate in the investigation of the accident. They may be able to uncover evidence of liability you missed or did not think to collect.
Damages in a Fatal Auto Accident Case
As mentioned above, the damages caused by a fatal auto accident are likely to be significant. If you do not file your claim properly, you could be the one who fronts most or all of those costs. Your wrongful death attorney will be there to help ensure this does not happen.
Unique damages in a wrongful death claim include:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Cost of final medical care of the decedent
- Wages decedent would have earned in life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship experienced by surviving family members
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