According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the most recent ascertainable California traffic fatality statistics show 3,357 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the state in 2016. A total of 3,623 people died in these accidents. As per the National Safety Council, that’s a startling 13 percent increase from 2015. Nationally, the fatality rate increase was less than half of that at six percent. More than 600 traffic fatalities occur in Los Angeles every year. Those include motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians. We don’t have a specific number yet for 2017 traffic deaths in Los Angeles, but by April of 2017, traffic fatalities had increased by 22 percent.
Fatal car crashes profoundly affect both the financial and emotional well-being of family members who are left behind. Some of the most common causes of these crashes follow:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Impaired driving
- Drunk driving
Compensation Can Help With Closure
If your family member suffered fatal injuries in an accident involving a car or other motor vehicle, recovering compensation probably isn’t at the forefront of your thoughts, but it isn’t your obligation to shoulder the emotional and financial burdens of your losses either. A knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer from our offices will be able to advise you on whether you might have a compensable claim against the driver who took the life of your loved one. At the least, recovering compensation for your losses can ultimately guide you to closure sometime in the future after your family member has been laid to rest.
California’s wrongful death statute allows a surviving spouse, domestic partner or children of the decedent to bring such an action. If your deceased family member survived the crash for even just a few moments, additional compensation might be available under California’s survival statute. A survival count might be included as a second count in a wrongful death action. The estate of the decedent and his or her surviving family members are eligible to be awarded some of the following damages:
- Funeral and burial costs.
- Hospital and medical expenses.
- Past and future lost income.
- The value of the decedent’s household services.
- Loss of support from the decedent.
- Loss of affection, moral support and personal guidance from the decedent.
Justice and Compensation
As Los Angeles fatal car accident lawyers, we represent families in wrongful death litigation involving motor vehicle crashes. A successful effort results in compensation for those families. Family members can then walk away knowing exactly what happened and satisfied that justice has been served.
Don’t Take the First Step Alone
Wrongful death cases in California take time to work their way through the courts. These cases can involve an exhausting process while you’re still working through grieving and rebuilding your life. The cases are complex. Taking the first steps alone is exactly where the opposing insurance company wants you. It knows that it’s facing significant financial exposure. It’s adjuster will do whatever it legally can to limit the company’s risks by taking control of the case while you’re still in a state of shock. Most people will make mistakes, and while adding insult to grief, those mistakes will be used against you in the future to attack your credibility and the memory of your loved one in efforts to devalue the case. Refuse to give that opposing insurer any kind of a statement or authorization, and contact us right away.
Contact us for help after a fatal accident
You’ll want to select a law firm to represent your family that has a strong history of successes. You can arrange for a confidential free consultation and case review with a compassionate, experienced and successful Los Angeles car accident fatality lawyer from our offices by simply phoning us and arranging for an appointment. We understand what a tragedy like an untimely and wrongful death does to you and your family, so we’ll make the process as comfortable as possible. You don’t need to bring any type of a retainer fee with you either. If we enter into a retainer agreement to represent you and your family, no legal fees at all are due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. No sum of money will bring your family member back to you, but receiving the maximum compensation available for your losses can make a remarkable difference for you and your family when working through such sudden and tragic losses.