What to Do if Your Spouse Dies In A Car Accident
If your spouse dies in a car accident and you feel that someone else may be at fault, you may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. To help you decide if this is the appropriate course of action, here are some things to consider:
Basic Facts About Wrongful Death Lawsuits
These lawsuits are appropriate when a plaintiff believes that a defendant is the cause of another person’s death, via negligence or intentional harm. These types of claims permit estates of deceased persons to file lawsuits against parties who are legally liable for their deaths.
In general, these types of lawsuits are filed by representatives of the estate on behalf of remaining family members and/or other parties who have been affected by deaths.
How Do Wrongful Death Lawsuits Work?
For this type of lawsuit, a defendant must be found liable. This means that a plaintiff or plaintiffs will need to provide proof that there was a “breach of duty” that caused the death. A good lawyer is important, as building a strong case which offers proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” is vital.
How to Get Started With a Lawsuit
You’ve been through a trauma and lost your spouse. It’s important to access expert legal advice in order to get the justice that you want and deserve. However, before you seek out the services of a good wrongful death attorney, you should make arrangements for the funeral. This may entail transportation arrangements for your deceased spouse. After this, let your insurance agent know what has happened.
In time, the insurance company will have an adjuster call you to talk about the situation. Once these steps have been taken, seek out legal counsel for your wrongful death case.
How to Find the Right Lawyer
The win-loss statistics of a wrongful death attorney will be an indicator or his or her skill. So, feel free to ask for this information. Also, consider their education, years of experience, client feedback (which is posted online) and, most especially, whether or not the attorney focuses on wrongful death cases.
Now that you know what actions to take if your spouse dies in a car accident, you can feel at least a little comfort in these trying times. Our law firm has expertise in wrongful death cases, and we encourage you to call for an initial consultation.