According to the National Highway Safety Aministration Center for Statistics and Analysis, during 2009, the leading cause of death between the ages of 8 and 24 was auto accidents. This was a dramatic reduction over the 2008 report which showed auto accidents as the leading cause of death between the ages of 8 and 35.
Sadly, many of these accidents could have been avoided had the driver of the second vehicle been paying attention. More than 90 percent of these accidents were caused by distracted driving. Factors included talking with passengers, adjusting radios or other media, eating or drinking while driving and cell phone use.
When auto accidents end in death, family members are left angry, confused and are dealing with extreme grief and pain. Too often, this is when insurance companies elect to reach out to the victim’s family. Before you talk to an insurance company however, you should first speak with a personal injury attorney.
It is clearly understood that no amount of money will compensate you for the loss of a loved one. However, this does not mean you shouldn’t seek the help of an attorney who has experience helping victims of auto accidents. When you have to suddenly bury a family member, you have funeral expenses to consider. When you have lost a spouse, you have to be concerned about a loss of their income and the loss of a life-partner.
If you have lost a loved one because of an auto accident in Alabama, you should contact us for help. When you lose a loved one because of distracted driving, you need someone to help you determine what compensation you may be entitled to.