A BMW slammed into a guardrail and then a pole with such force that the engine ejected and flew into a nearby ditch. The wreck happened around 3:20 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on the 710 Freeway near Firestone Blvd in South Gate.
Witnesses say that the car was possible racing another vehicle before it failed to negotiate a turn and ended up wrapped around a light pole. Firefighters took some time to extricated the bodies from the wreck. A California Highway Patrol officer said that though there was no evidence at the scene that the 5 Series BMW had been racing, speed was definitely a factor.
Wrongful Death Crashes
When someone tragically dies in a car accident, those left behind are left to grieve and suffer the loss of a loved one. Many times, those left behind were dependent on the deceased and are now left without financial support. Other times, the loss comes from companionship that ended or in the anguish and emotional struggles that accompanies the loss of a family member.
When these happen, the injured parties are left with filing a wrongful death claim as their only means of recouping some of the loss. Even though money can’t bring the person back and make those left behind whole again, it is the only recourse many have to seek some sort of justice.
Who Pays in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Under California personal injury law, anyone who negligently causes the death of another can be held to pay certain monetary damages to the victim’s family. In a typical car crash, the at-fault driver of the car that cause the wreck has insurance that will pay for the losses.
However, in many cases, the at-fault person was the driver of the car in a single-car crash and the victims were passengers in the car. When this happens, many people think that they can’t collect because there was no at-fault driver of another car.
In other circumstances, the deceased driver of the car might be a family member of the passengers who died, and even on the same insurance policy. This also makes some believe that they can’t make a claim against a family member or someone on the same policy.
However, the law allows any person who is at fault to have a claim made against them for any losses they caused—including family members or those on the same insurance policy.
How to Make a Claim for a Wrongful Death
Once it’s determined that the fault of the accident was the driver of the same car, then that driver’s auto insurance policy will have to pay for the damages. This might mean that one of the victims might be filing against their own insurance policy for compensation. Further, if the insurance company refuses to settle, then those left behind must sue the driver of the car—even if it is a family member.
Do I need an Attorney?
In many cases, an attorney may not be needed to settle a claim with the insurance company. But there are many liability and insurance policy issues that will need the expertise and experience of a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney.
For example, in some cases, the family of the deceased passengers might also be able to claim against their own insurance policy even if the driver’s policy covers some of the damages. This can get complicated and even mean that additional insurance companies are brought into the case.
For this, you need an attorney. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. A consultation costs you nothing and you can have the peace of mind that someone is standing behind you.
We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.