Losing a loved one in an accident is devastating. Grieving the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult things that a person will ever go through. If you lost your loved one in an auto accident where someone else was at fault, you have to take steps to be sure that your family is secure financially. Below are 3 steps families should take after a fatal car accident.
Know What You Need to Win A Wrongful Death Case
After losing a loved one in an accident, you may want to file a wrongful death suit. Before you do this however, you need to be sure that the accident was cause by someone else. It is not always the driver of another car who is at fault. It could be the driver of the car that your loved one was in. In some cases the vehicle’s manufacturer may be at fault. It is wise to hire a lawyer who can get help you figure out exactly who was at fault.
If your loved one was killed in an accident by someone with no insurance or little or no assets, it is wise to contact a lawyer. Lawyers will be able to check around and see if there is still a way you can still collect money. For example, if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver, the bar where the drunk driver was at may be held responsible. There are different ways to get compensation and a good lawyer can help you find one.
File In Time
After an accident, a person only has a certain amount of time to file a wrongful death claim. This is called the Statute of Limitations. Every state’s Statute of Limitations is different, however, every state has the same law if you do not file before the Statute of Limitations expires. You will give up every right to file a claim against the responsible party.
After you lose a loved one in an accident, it is best to contact and attorney as soon as possible. This will get the ball rolling and you are not risking waiting too long.
Preserve Evidence to Protect Your Rights
After a fatal accident, it is important to get all of the information about the accident possible. If you lose a loved one in an accident, it is possible that the police may blame the wrong person. Because your loved one can no longer speak for themselves, it is wise to get an attorney who can reconstruct the accident the same way that the police would to make sure that your loved one does not take the blame.
It is also a good idea for you or your attorney to get all witness statements. Over time, a person’s memory about the events that occurred can fade. Having all of the witness statements documented is a good idea.
It is a good idea to have an attorney deal with the insurance company. Insurance companies are worried about themselves first. It is wise to have someone who has experience with insurance companies deal with them on your behalf.
While the grieving process is very difficult and it does take time, it is important to get in touch with a lawyer in order to protect your family’s financial future, the sooner the better.
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