Traffic fatalities end approximately 40,000 human lives in the United States each year. Every seven seconds, someone in the U.S. is injured in a car crash, and many succumb to their injuries and die, either at the scene or after lingering for some time in the hospital.
Every death leaves a suffering family and loved ones in pain. A sudden death after a traffic accident can also leave a family in a dire financial position.
90 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by driver error. Around 30 percent are caused by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Faulty car parts, dangerous roads, bad lighting, and hard-to-read hazard signs can also contribute to an accident and could be a likely culprit in a solo car wreck.
Why Determining Legal Liability is Important
After a fatal car accident, investigators will try to ascertain the cause of the accident. Should the investigation reveal that someone else was at fault, the surviving loved ones could pursue wrongful death litigation against the at-fault party.
For example, the case could center around a distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated driver who was criminally negligent and therefore accountable for your family member’s death. In the case of automotive failure due to faulty vehicle parts, a product liability case could be filed against the car manufacturer under a wrongful death heading.
We Can Help
At TorkLaw, we know the emotional upheaval a sudden death can cause within a family. Our compassionate and understanding lawyers will guide you though the legal process, explaining your rights and keeping you abreast of what is happening with your case.
We will work diligently to make sure you receive the financial reparation you deserve.
888.845.9696 for a free legal consultation.