Did a family member die in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence? You may be entitled to compensation for your losses in a wrongful death action.

Fatal Auto Crashes Leading to Wrongful Death Actions

One of the most common reasons for wrongful death actions are fatal car accidents. According to the 2015 Washington State Annual Collision Summary, there were 551 fatalities and 49,505 injuries in vehicle accidents in 2015. If a family member was killed in an auto wreck caused by a negligent driver, no amount of money will heal the grief and loss that you feel. However, you may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death action from the negligent driver that will help you to heal and go on with your life.

What Are the Major Causes of Fatal Car Accidents?

The majority of catastrophic car accidents are caused by driver errors, which can make a loved one’s death even more devastating. Common reasons for fatal automobile wrecks include:

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting, talking on a cellphone, and other distracted driving practices
  • Aggressive driving that can escalate into even more deadly road rage
  • Failure to yield and to obey other traffic laws
  • Reckless driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failing to adjust for weather conditions

Hold the Negligent Driver Responsible for the Death of Your Loved One by Filing a Wrongful Death Action

In the state of Washington, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death action if the negligence of another party—such as a driver in a car accident—caused your family member’s death. You may be eligible to file this type of claim if you are the spouse, domestic partner, child, step-child, or dependent parents or siblings of the accident victim. You may be entitled to these types of compensation in a wrongful death action:

  • Medical expenses for your loved one’s injuries caused in the accident
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages and income that your family member would have earned during his lifetime
  • Pain and suffering that your loved one experienced due to his injuries before his death
  • Property damage
  • Loss of companionship, care, advice, comfort, and other benefits that your family member provided

You Need an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney to Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

Wrongful death claims can be complicated and aggressively disputed by the negligent driver’s insurance company due to the high value of these claims. You cannot afford to settle your case without the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney. Let us take over the burden of negotiating your settlement so that you receive what you deserve and can focus on recovering from your loss. Call our office and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.