Motor vehicle accidents happen every day. Most are fender benders that cause no injury or serious damage. The insurance company of the driver at fault pays for the damages, and everyone goes on with their lives. Unfortunately, more serious accidents also occur.
In addition to the damage to the vehicles involved, there can also be catastrophic injuries. In the worst cases, there can be fatalities. After a fatal accident, the loved ones of the victim can take steps to manage the impact.
A fatality in a car accident is often a wrongful death. What this means is that someone else’s negligence causes the loss of life. In these cases, negligence could involve driving while under the influence of alcohol, failing to obey traffic signs or laws or driving a vehicle with faulty equipment. Whatever the cause, the negligent party is responsible for the death.
Recovery of damages
In the case of a fatal car accident, the victim is unable to recover damages. This falls to a close family member, such as a spouse, partner or child. The family should contact the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident as the insurer may be responsible for paying the expenses incurred as a result of the wrongful death. The family may also file a lawsuit to recover other damages, including those for loss of companionship.
Losing a loved one in a car accident is a horrible experience. Recovering damages can not bring back the deceased, but it can provide financial relief during a time of grief.