A wrongful death is devastating. One person loses the ability to live, but many others are negatively affected. Loved ones, friends and family members all have to handle the sudden shock of losing someone they were close to.

A wrongful death has many effects from putting people in debt to cover expenses to leaving children without a guardian. They happen too often. Here are a few ways a wrongful death might impact you in your lifetime.

Wrongful deaths and drunk driving

One situation that can lead to a wrongful death is a drunk-driving collision. When a person chooses to drive while intoxicated, they increase their risk of getting into a crash. As a result of that person’s behavior, it’s possible that a crash could lead to the death of the driver or passengers in their vehicle or another vehicle.

Around 29 people die daily as a result of alcohol-impaired driving. This includes the drunk driver, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Wrongful deaths and medical errors

Medical errors are another common cause of wrongful deaths. A medical provider is only human, so there is a risk that they could make errors that result in a loss of life. Patients are at their most vulnerable when they seek help from doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

When mistakes are made, it can mean that a patient doesn’t leave the hospital alive. Many medical professionals won’t report an incident to the family, and those who do may not offer a solution.

Wrongful deaths and premises liability

Another thing that could lead to a wrongful death is getting hurt on another person’s property. For example, if a facility has a fountain but does not have gravel or textured surfaces around it, then you could easily slip and fall on the slick surface. Falling incorrectly could lead to broken bones or head injuries, spinal injuries or worse.

In each of these cases, the person responsible for causing the injuries should be held liable for compensating the family and friends of the decedent. If your loved one is killed, then it is your right to seek compensation through filing an insurance claim or civil lawsuit.

It is never okay to have someone die as a result of misconduct or a lack of care for another human being. Your actions can help make sure this kind of incident doesn’t happen again.