According to annual statistics that have been taken regarding car accidents, nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes every year. This comes out to approximately 3,287 deaths a day! Accidents that happen on the roadways are the 9th leading cause of death in the United States, which means that we need to take a look at how we can lessen the likelihood of these accidents. (1)
Main Causes and Elements of a Claim
There are many common causes of fatalities on the roadway, including driving under the influence, reckless driving, poor weather conditions, driver fatigue, and more. One of the most common is distracted driving, which could be caused by a driver texting and not paying attention to what is in front of them.
There are many elements of a wrongful death claim if a loved one you know has been killed in one of these horrific accidents. It is important to understand the specific laws in your state to understand how you can move forward in the process when filing a lawsuit. Some elements must be a death stemming from a driver causing the accident, another driver acting negligently, the deceased family member being survived by loved ones, and monetary damages that stemmed from the accident.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?
For you to have results in your wrongful death claim, you should be an immediate family member of the loved one. This can include anything from a spouse or child, to the parent of the deceased. If you are closely related in some way, then you can typically bring the claim. Usually, the personal representative of the estate will be able to file suit on behalf of the deceased. (2) However, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible to be sure of how your case works and what options you have moving forward.