Car accidents are often upsetting but they can be especially devastating if a loved one died. The family is likely very distraught over the situation and may be concerned about the future at the same time. Wrongful death in vehicle accidents may entitle beneficiaries to compensation. While that may be the last thing on your mind at the time, the financial losses from the death can be overwhelming. It is important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. An attorney will help guide you through the legal process so that you and your family can be left to the grieving process.

Accident Evaluation

After an accident, it is necessary to evaluate the cause of the accident. In some serious crashes, the police will conduct a thorough investigation of the scene. The police will take photos of the location and will talk to witnesses. The weather, road, and traffic conditions at the time of the accident will be determined. Generally, one of the drivers is found to be responsible for the accident. The driver who is at fault may receive a traffic ticket. All of this information will be reviewed by your attorney in resolving your case.

Filing a Claim

When a loved one dies in a car crash, his family may need to file a claim. The law limits the time to file a claim, so it is best to start the process shortly after the accident. This will also help to ensure that the evidence or proof of fault and negligence will be available for the case. Your attorney will gather everything necessary to move forward with either a negotiated settlement or a trial.  Many times, a settlement is preferred. However, your attorney will help determine whether the offer provided is fair. If not, it may be necessary to take the matter to trial.

Fatal Car Accidents

An accident where one or more people lose their lives is difficult and traumatic for families. When the accident was someone else’s fault, it can cause a lot of anger. Loved ones often suffer financially after they lose a loved one, especially if they were the breadwinner of the family. Those left behind may need money to cover expenses incurred because of the accident and for living expenses that are needed for survival. The loss of your loved one should not put you or your family in financial ruin. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options following the accident.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Wrongful Death in Vehicle Accidents, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.