Have You Lost a Loved One in a Car Accident? Know Your Rights
Car accidents are both dangerous and terrifying. If you lost a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, however, that car accident is tragic. Losing a loved one in a car crash can have far-reaching emotional implications that both you and your entire family can have extraordinary trouble coping with and overcoming. In devastating circumstances such as these, you need to know your legal rights.
Car Accident Fatalities in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Transportation reported 234 car accident fatalities in 2014 alone. While each death is tragic and led to grieving families, these tragedies also have legal implications.
Driver negligence, which can fall into the following categories, is commonly associated with fatal car accidents:
- Distracted driving, which has become a major concern with the advent of ever-present smartphones;
- Impaired driving
- Aggressive driving, including speeding
- Driving that doesn’t factor in adverse driving conditions, such as inclement weather, bad roads, and road construction
No matter the kind of driver negligence involved, however, if another driver’s negligence caused you to lose a loved one in a fatal car accident, the law labels it as wrongful death.
Loss of a Loved One
Losing a loved one to wrongful death, such as in a car accident, is excruciating, and while obtaining legal compensation can’t mitigate the pain, it is your right. If you lost a family member, you’re no doubt overwhelmed with grief. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help shoulder your burden and guide your claim toward a just conclusion.
Wrongful Death Claims: The Process
A skilled wrongful death attorney will take several integral steps to efficiently and effectively pursue the often-complicated wrongful death claims process:
- Following up with police reports and the police investigation
- Securing documentation related to the fatal accident
- Obtaining witness statements and witness contact information
- Negotiating with and holding insurance companies accountable
Every wrongful death claim is devastating, but your rights matter. If you lost a loved one in a car accident that someone else’s negligence caused, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer.
Consult With a New London Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Losing a loved one is a terrible tragedy. Losing a loved one to another driver’s negligence can devastate you even more. If you experienced such a tragedy, you and your family are no doubt too deeply involved in the grieving process to effectively pursue a wrongful death claim—which is often exceedingly complicated—on your own. Allow the experienced legal team at Polito & Harrington, LLC, to navigate your claim toward just legal compensation in memory of your loved one. Our wrongful death attorneys have the skill, knowledge, commitment, and compassion to help you and your family obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at (860) 447-3300 for a free consultation and case evaluation today.