Over the past 10 years, the number of individuals killed in car accidents has declined; manufacturers have improved safety features, vehicle construction techniques, restraints, impact-absorbing materials, etc. Nonetheless, car accidents take the lives of over 35,000 people in the U.S. each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On average, every 12 minutes one person is killed in a car accident.
If your loved one has died in a fatal crash, it’s not comforting to know improvements are still being made in the automobile industry for safety and functionality of vehicles sold on the market.
What may bring you peace is spreading awareness of the leading causes of car accident deaths. As reported by the American Automobile Association, these causes include:
- Unsafe weather conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Road defects
- Car manufacturing defects
- Inexperienced and elderly drivers
- Reckless & drunk driving
As hard as it may be to put aside the shock of losing a loved one, the first thing for you and authorities must determine is if negligence is what caused the fatal car crash; if so, there are grounds for you to file a wrongful death claim and take action against what caused the death of your family member.
You have the right to seek compensation for the damages of losing a loved one. To prove your case, you must:
- Have evidence to prove who or what was at fault.
- Prove your relationship as a child, spouse, dependent or legal beneficiary of the deceased.
- Have proof your loved one’s death will result in a monetary loss, and the amount he would’ve made during his lifetime. If unemployed, the jury may consider the deceased last income as possible future earnings.
To win your wrongful death lawsuit, it’s necessary to have substantial evidence and experienced personal injury attorneys who have the resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation. Missing a close-up examination of the cars involved or other pieces of evidence can be the difference between winning or losing your claim, and with hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars at stake why risk hiring anyone less experienced than Parvey & Cavenago. We have a record of winning wrongful death lawsuits: http://www.parveycavenago.com/case-results.html
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