Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Safety Council reports that an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2018. If you have lost a loved one in a vehicle collision caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Brodhead Law in Atlanta, Georgia today for a dedicated vehicle collision wrongful death lawyer.
A wrongful death traffic crash is an unintended fatality caused by negligence or recklessness. In a wrongful death collision, the liable party may be an at-fault driver, a vehicle or parts manufacturer, or a government authority responsible for maintaining the roads. A vehicle collision wrongful death claim is not a criminal action. It is a civil suit for damages filed against a party whose negligence or recklessness caused the death of a loved one.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that:
Driving is a risky activity, as a life can be suddenly cut short when another driver is operating a vehicle in a reckless or dangerous manner. Despite the tremendous volume of information warning against dangerous driving behaviors, negligent and reckless drivers continue to cause accidents resulting in wrongful death. Common causes of wrongful death collisions include:
The surviving spouse of the deceased may bring a wrongful death claim for damages, or a child or children of the deceased if there is no surviving spouse. If the deceased had no surviving spouse or children, a parent or parents of the deceased, or the personal representative of the estate of the deceased, may file a claim for wrongful death.
A wrongful death claim is a legal means to seek justice for your deceased loved one, along with compensation for your family’s future. If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, call Brodhead Law as soon as possible. Our wrongful death lawyers are among the finest practicing in this field.