It would be nice if we all lived to an old age and then died peacefully from natural causes. However, this ideal scenario does not always happen. Sometimes, a person's life is taken away by another person's negligence or malice, such as in a car crash or homicide. When these tragic incidents occur, the victim's survivors may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim to obtain compensation for the damages they suffered. Wrongful death claims are civil claims and can be sought alongside criminal proceedings.
The death of a loved one is something we are not often prepared to deal with despite the fact that we understand that no one lives forever. A death can be especially challenging to cope with if a loved one is suddenly killed in an accident caused by a negligent party. Whether it is an automobile accident, work incident, slip and fall or a dangerous or defective product, a fatal accident can be difficult to deal with.
One way to potentially help ease the burden of the loss of a loved one is to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, if negligence is suspected or known in connection with the loved one's passing.
Whether one is the driver or a passenger, being an occupant of a motor vehicle holds many risks. Even when a motorist is driving safely and following the rules of the road, this does not guard them from a negligent driver sharing the road with them. No matter the time of day or where a Californian is traveling, a drunk driver could be traveling on the road and collide with another motorist. This could have serious and even fatal results.
When individuals operate or travel in a vehicle, they are under the impression that they will get from one point to another safely. Sure, a person may encounter traffic, deal with inclement weather and even drive by accident sites, but most people do not consider the possibility of being involved in a collision. They certainly do not think that they will lose a loved one in an automobile collision.
The rate at which fatal car accidents occur varies from state to state. However, when looking at data in California and all other states across the nation, the number of fatal crashes occurring on a national level remains high and is concerning. With regards to the data collected in 2017, there were a total of 34,247 recorded fatal motor vehicle crashes that year. And, in these crashes, a total of 37,133 deaths occurred.
No matter our age or the age of a loved one, we are never fully prepared to say goodbye to someone we care about. Death is a part of life. However, one never expects that one will die because of the negligence of another party. While accidents do happen, accidents are frequently caused by the negligence of others. Because of this, following a fatal incident, surviving family members should take the time to explore their rights and options when it comes to determining the cause and holding someone accountable for the death of a loved one.
The loss of a loved one is an emotional event that many of us struggle with. While death is a part of life, it can be challenging to cope with the death of a loved one that suddenly occurs because of a tragic accident in California or elsewhere. In these events, surviving family members have many questions, including whether it was preventable.
In San Diego and other cities across the nation, it is fairly common to see individuals walking on the street or on sidewalks. Getting around by foot can be very convenient, especially when it is a beautiful day. However, no matter the reason for walking or the current weather outside, pedestrians are put at risk every day. This is because they are traveling near motor vehicles. And when a motorist fails to take note of a pedestrian or drive safely, this could result in a fatal incident.
Our days can get busy. We may miss some parts of the day, especially when we are focused on a certain task. However, there is one place where these distractions should not come into play, and that is in a motor vehicle. If a motorist does not take the time to prevent and address any distractions that may come their way, he or she could be held accountable for the harms caused to an accident victim.