Some Sacramento car accidents result in only minor damages and injuries. In many cases, there are just a few bumps or scrapes and some minor damages to the vehicles involved. But then there are those crashes that are the most serious—car accidents that end in a wrongful death.
The immediate impact of a loved one’s death is difficult enough to deal with, but there are also the practical considerations that must be taken into account. The individual may have been the family’s primary breadwinner or may have simply been the rock everyone turned to for emotional support and comfort.
Whatever the case may be, while you can’t recover the life of your loved one, you may be able to recover some of the financial losses suffered as a result of the car accident and his or her death. In order to ensure the right person is held responsible for your loss, you need the help of a Sacramento car accident wrongful death lawyer.
Wrongful death is not a criminal charge and does not indicate murderous intent. In fact, wrongful death is defined as either a death that happened as a result of negligence or an act that was not intended to cause death. In the case of a car accident, it is a death that occurred as the result of an accident when the at-fault driver had no intention of killing anyone.
In cases like these, if the victim had lived, the case most likely would have been a personal injury lawsuit instead. In a sense, the victim’s family is seeking the financial compensation that the deceased would have sought had he or she survived.
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death suit. In order to do so, you must have benefitted in some way from the deceased person’s presence in your life and had a definable relationship of some sort with him or her.
The deceased may have been your primary caregiver, you may have been his or her heir, or you may be the person responsible for managing the estate. In other words, someone with only a tenuous relationship to the deceased cannot file a wrongful death suit, but someone such as a spouse or other family member can.
Wrongful death suits can include the cost of medical treatment, funeral expenses, and financial losses such as lost income that your family must face because the deceased person is no longer alive. When someone else’s carelessness robs you of your loved one, your family’s standard of living shouldn’t have to suffer as well.
An experienced Sacramento car accident wrongful death lawyer from Crowell Law Offices can help you understand the legal process and what sort of compensation you may be entitled to. We can help you and your family members get the justice you deserve.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Although money won’t bring your loved one back, it can help hold the right person accountable for his or her death. Arrange a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers by either calling 916-303-2800 or filling out the form on this page.