Motor Vehicle Fatalities
Tens of Thousands of Families Lose Loved Ones in Motor Vehicle Accidents Each Year. If You Have Lost a Loved One, Our Lawyers Can Assist with Your Recovery.
We all know that fatal motor vehicle accidents happen, but we never expect someone we love to be killed in a collision. Yet, this is a tragic reality that confronts tens of thousands of families in the United States each year. Fatal accidents occur on highways, downtown city streets, and rural byways, and they frequently result from the negligence of other drivers.
What Should You Do After a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident, it will be important for you to take a number of steps, and you will need to try to do so relatively soon. Motor vehicle fatalities can have significant financial costs, and family members can suffer severe emotional anguish and other non-financial losses as well. As a result, if someone else is to blame for your loved one’s death, filing a wrongful death claim will be an important part of the recovery process, and it will be up to you to take the initial steps to protect your legal rights.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident, you should:
1. Collect All Relevant Documentation
Collect any documentation you have in your possession that relates to your loved one’s accident, medical care, finances, and employment. If you have obtained psychological or psychiatric treatment following your loved one’s death, or if you have taken time off from work to grieve, collect your recent medical and employment records as well.
2. Write Down What You Know about the Accident
We know it is difficult, but it is very important that you write down as many details as you can about your loved one’s accident. Your memory will fade, and taking notes now will help you remember everything you need to tell your attorney.
3. Avoid Dealing with Anyone You Don’t Know
Right now, you should avoid dealing with anyone you don’t know when it comes to your loved one’s accident and your claim for compensation. If insurance adjusters contact you, take their contact information and let them know that your attorney will be in touch soon.
4. Consult with a Wrongful Death Lawyer
You will want to consult with a wrongful death lawyer promptly. Your lawyer will need to conduct an investigation, and he or she may need to take other steps in order to preserve your claim for damages. At Oberheiden Law, our lawyers provide personal, one-on-one legal representation for grieving family members, and we will do everything necessary to win the compensation you deserve.
5. Take the Time to Grieve
While taking these steps is important, it is also important that you take the time you need to grieve. Losing a loved one is a tragic, life-altering event, and you need to give yourself the grace to cope and recover.
Common Factors in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
When we investigate your wrongful death claim, we will examine all possible causes of your loved one’s death. If any of the following played a factor, we can help you recover just compensation:
- Texting behind the wheel
- Checking emails or social media behind the wheel
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Driving after having too much to drink
- Driving after using marijuana or other drugs
- Driving after taking a prescription medication with dangerous side effects
- Speeding, tailgating, weaving through traffic, trying to “beat” a yellow light, or engaging in other forms of reckless or aggressive driving
- Engaging in road rage
- Driving an unmaintained or dangerous vehicle
None of these actions are justifiable, and none of them should ever result in someone else’s death. Sadly, drivers still make these reckless and dangerous mistakes every day, and in many cases they do so with devastating consequences.
Why is It Important to Hire a Lawyer After a Fatal Accident?
If you have lost a family member in a fatal motor vehicle accident, why is it important to hire a lawyer to represent you?
Simply put, asserting your legal rights is not easy. It takes time, commitment, and deep knowledge of the law. It also requires the ability to gather legally-admissible evidence, negotiate effectively, and prepare your case for trial. An experienced attorney will be able to do what is necessary to recover your losses, and will be able to guide you step-by-step through the recovery process.
Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney about Your Loved One’s Vehicle Accident
If you would like to speak with an attorney about filing a wrongful death claim, please contact us today. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible, call 866-376-4871 or request an appointment online now.