What type of lawsuit can arise in a fatal car accident?

Based on recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 33,500 fatalities resulted from motor vehicle accidents in 2012. The numbers in the previous year were almost equal to that number. The latest data shows that traffic fatalities rose by up to 3.3 percent. The data also shows that someone is involved in a fatal accident every 16 minutes. If one of your family members was killed in a car accident or any type of motor vehicle accident, you may be experiencing financial loss, as well. You also may be considering which type of lawsuit best fits your family’s unique situation.

When a car accident results in the death of an Oklahoma resident, a wrongful death lawsuit may be a viable option. After a fatal accident, insurers may cover most of a family’s losses, such as medical and funeral expenses. However, what about other losses, such as loss of companionship and pain and suffering? Wrongful death may follow in the wake of a fatal car crash if the negligence of another person was a contributing factor. If the fatal accident was caused by an intoxicated driver, the surviving family members of the victim may file a wrongful death claim and sue the responsible party for damages. Even though the responsible party is already facing criminal charges, that person can still be held civilly liable for your personal losses.

If you are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must gather substantial evidence to prove your claim. Failure to do so can reduce your chances of obtaining compensation.

Legal professionals who are adept in handling fatal motor vehicle accidents can make a huge difference in the success of your case. They can investigate your case and handle the legal aspects of your claim, allowing you and your family to focus on other important matters, such as getting your life back on track.

Source: Rmiia.org, “Cost of auto crashes & statistics,” accessed on Oct. 1, 2014Post Type: Q&A

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