There are some types of accidents that are almost certainly going to end with catastrophic injuries. These include collisions at high speeds or involving vehicles of very different sizes.
This is why some of the most devastating accidents on the road occur when a car or truck strikes a motorcyclist on the highway. Not only is the motorcyclist likely to suffer the brunt of the damage because he or she is on the smaller vehicle, but the damage is more likely to be fatal because he or she is less protected. In the event of a fatal motorcycle crash, loved ones may be in a position to file a wrongful death claim.
Why file a wrongful death claim?
There are a few reasons to file a wrongful death claim after a fatal crash. First, it can help family members recover compensation for the economic damages and pain and suffering stemming from a death. Second, it can effectively hold the appropriate party accountable for a crash, which can provide loved ones with a sense of justice. Third, filing a claim can serve as a means of acknowledging and penalizing negligent or reckless behavior, which can prevent others from suffering a similar incident in the future.
Can I file a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death claim must be supported by a few legal elements, including evidence of negligence, a link between the negligence and the accident and proof damages. You must also be a legally approved party like the victim’s spouse, parent or child. If these elements are all in place, you may have grounds to pursue a claim.
How do I get started?
In order to file a wrongful death claim, it can be wise to start by speaking with an attorney. Navigating the legal process is complex enough for someone to do without legal experience; trying to do so in the wake of a devastating loss makes it even more difficult. Working with an attorney can allow you to pursue your claim and fight for a fair settlement without making costly missteps or missing crucial deadlines.