Learning that your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident is completely devastating. Learning that the accident could have been prevented only makes the situation worse.
If you are going through this horrible experience, you might be feeling angry, lost and powerless. Understand, though, that you can take action to hold the appropriate accountable for the accident and pursue compensation that addresses the economic and non-economic damages suffered as a result of the fatal accident. You can do this by filing a wrongful death claim.
Filing a wrongful death claim can provide emotional and financial relief to the loved ones left behind. To begin with, legal action can ensure the liable party is held responsible for the loss, which can provide people with a sense of justice and closure. Civil claims can be filed in addition to any criminal charges filed against the party responsible; they can also be filed even if criminal charges are not filed.
Additionally, while money may not be your primary concern in the wake of a loss, the fact is that an unexpected death can take a financial toll on loved ones. You can be dealing with:
- Huge medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support that would have been provided by the victim
These damages are not insignificant, and families can struggle enormously to cover these costs while also coping with the devastation and grief of a loved one's death.
Sadly, many motorcycle crashes result in fatalities, which means that families across California can find themselves in the position to consider legal action in the wake of a wrongful death. If you have recently lost someone in a fatal bike accident, it can be wise to consult an attorney to discuss your legal options. Lawsuits and money will not replace your loved one, but they can make it a little easier to cope with and recover from the loss.