No one wants to think about the possibility of losing a loved one this holiday season, but the reality is that this is a time of year when millions of Americans are traveling on our nation's roadways. Increased traffic on the road inevitably leads to an increase in the number of car accidents. Some of these car accidents can be quite serious, and a few will probably even lead to fatalities.
When a fatality occurs in a car accident, the deceased person's surviving relatives may be able to take action through a wrongful death claim. However, doing so is quite different from pursuing a run-of-the-mill personal injury lawsuit. When a fatality is involved in a case, there is an increased sensitivity to the tragedy that the family is experiencing, with the ultimate goal of pursuing financial compensation to help the family. The deceased loved one can never be replaced.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, the family members will likely need to prove a wide range of issues, beyond just the fault of the other party involved. For example, in the pursuit of financial compensation, the family will likely need to present evidence relative to the income that was lost due to the wrongful death of their loved one. The family may also need to prove a loss of companionship and the pain and suffering that the deceased experienced because of the incident in question.
At our law firm, we understand that families have many questions when it comes to wrongful death lawsuits. We do our best to ensure that our clients know their options. For more information, please visit our law firm's website.