Compensation For Wrongful Death Resulting From A Vehicle Accident
Despite improved safety technology in vehicles, driver safety awareness and defensive driving programs, vehicle related fatalities continue to rise in the US. According to the National Safety Council (NSC) US vehicle fatalities in 2017 exceeded 40,000 for the second straight year. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2017 there were 128,188 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. These crashes claimed the lives of 1,137 people. In the Western Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Westmoreland, Lawrence, Indiana, Somerset, Green and Fayette, there were 232 traffic fatalities, with 67 of these occurring in Allegheny County.
Common Causes of Vehicle Fatalities
The most frequently cited causes of vehicle fatalities are (1) distracted driving (texting, emailing), (2) driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and (3) reckless and aggressive driving. In lesser order are: failing to yield the right of way, tailgating, poor weather conditions, dangerous and/or damaged roadways, driver fatigue and vehicle manufacture defects.
What Constitutes A Wrongful Death Claim?
While every state in the US has a wrongful death statute, the specific aspects of these laws may vary from state to state. It’s essential to have an attorney who has substantial experience with wrongful death law in Pennsylvania.
Typically, a wrongful death claim will require you to show several elements, including:
- Another driver caused an accident that resulted in the death of your family member or loved one;
- The other driver acted negligently, wrongfully, or was otherwise at fault in causing the
- The deceased family member is survived by a spouse, child, or other dependents or
- beneficiaries; and,
- There are monetary damages–– and in some cases non-monetary damages–– as a result of your loved one’s death.
A wrongful death claim cannot bring back a loved one but can help to compensate the victim’s family for costs associated with a sudden death. To file such a claim, you must be a member of the victim’s immediate family or a parent of the victims. A knowledgeable attorney is a valuable asset to the person making a wrongful death claim.
The experienced auto accident attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC aggressively pursue maximum compensation for wrongful death victims resulting from auto accidents. If a family member or loved one was involved in a fatal auto accident in the greater Pittsburgh area or throughout Western Pennsylvania, contact the skilled and experienced attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC at 1-866-306-2667 for assistance or complete our quick contact web form.