Fatal Car Accidents
In 2018, almost 37,000 people died in car accidents across the country. Tragically, over 1,000 of those deaths were children age 14 or younger. Even as the cars we drive add more and more safety features, the fact remains that every time we get behind the wheel, we risk our lives.Aftermath of the Crash
If a collision is serious enough to kill someone, the police will respond to the scene. These types of crashes will be handled much differently than a minor crash with bumps and bruises. The police will be looking at the scene as a potential crime scene. Witnesses will be interviewed. The police will search to see if there is any video of the incident. In some instances, especially in high-speed crashes, an accident reconstructionist, usually from the State Police, will investigate the scene to know what exactly happened.
After all the evidence is gathered, the local District Attorney will make a decision about whether a crime occurred. If the facts support it, there is often a charge for Negligent Motor Vehicle Homicide. Of course, if the driver who caused the death was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, additional charges may also be appropriate.
The District Attorney will likely be in contact with you as the case progresses.Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If someone was negligent and caused a car accident that killed your loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. These cases are complex, as they have many elements to them. If your loved one did not die instantly, there could be a claim for his/her pain and suffering. If you relied on the financial support of your loved one, you could be entitled to compensation for that. You will also be entitled to compensation for the fact that you won’t be able to have the emotional support or relationship with your loved one. You may also be entitled to reimbursement for funeral expenses.Experienced Wrongful Death Attorneys
We think everyone would agree that if you lost a loved one, whether it’s a spouse, child or parent, you should contact an experienced attorney right away. There are ways that your life will change immediately, and there are legal steps that often need to be taken as soon as possible.
Getting the call that your loved one died in a car crash will change your life forever. Plans you had will never happen. Your loved one won’t be at your family’s events. Whether it’s a wedding or a child’s birthday, your loved one won’t be there to share the joy with you.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we have handled many cases involving someone who died in a Car Crash. We understand the incredible pain that comes with these sudden events. Everything in your life was normal until someone made a terrible mistake behind the wheel. Suddenly, it’s different now.
If you lost a loved one to a car accident, call the wrongful death attorneys at Marcotte Law Firm for a free consultation.