If a loved one has recently passed away, you may feel hesitant about bringing legal action against the other party responsible. In many cases today, wrongful death suits emerge from unexpected and unfortunate events like car accidents, toward the individual or entity found negligent.
As traffic fatalities and injuries continue to rise throughout the US, motorists are left to heal from substantial injuries, and often are burdened with the grieving process too when a loved one passes away due to the negligence of others in a car accident. Unfortunately, this type of loss is more common than ever. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, their data showed last year as the ‘third deadliest’ in the last decade, with 36,750 people killed.
“But the number of people killed in crashes is still 12.2 percent above the all-time low of 32,744 in 2014. Total crash deaths never topped 34,000 from 2009 through 2014,” states recent news.
And while researchers may spend time wondering why there are more traffic accidents than ever, most of the information points to the classic unfortunate culprits: reckless driving, speeding, inattention to traffic rules and signals, and driving under the influence.
In many cases, a wrongful death suit is not only appropriate after a devastating car wreck or another type of accident leading to a fatality—but it is also necessary in the case of young heirs who may have been dependents with years to go within the family home still. This is not the type of case to take on alone, so consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney from a firm like H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. if you are considering filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
In a wrongful death suit, damages may replace what the heir, and especially young ones, have lost. Although a loved one, and a human being, cannot be replaced, damages may be provided for:
- Medical and funeral bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Lack of income from someone like a parent or other older relative, or a spouse
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance
You probably have many questions about wrongful death, but we can help you in answering them, along with helping you navigate through a difficult time of mourning. Speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.