Fatal Automobile Accidents

Frequently, accidents are caused by factors unrelated to the conduct of any particular driver. For example, an automobile accident may occur due to a defect in someone's automobile.

Poorly maintained roads and malfunctioning traffic control signals can also contribute to cause an accident. Improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, lighting or other highway defects - including poorly placed trees and utility poles - can also cause fatal accidents. In such cases, government entities become the defendants. Since special rules apply to lawsuits brought against governmental bodies, proper legal advice is critical.

You may contact our office to learn about our qualifications for handling automobile-related wrongful death cases.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

Pecuniary, or financial, injury is the main measure of damages in a wrongful death action. Courts have interpreted "pecuniary injuries" as including the loss of support, services, lost prospect of inheritance, and medical and funeral expenses. Most laws provide that the damages awarded for a wrongful death shall be fair and just compensation for the pecuniary injuries that resulted from the decedent's death.

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