How to Sue When a Loved One Is Killed in a Car Accident

Car accident fatalities are quite common, and when you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another, you may be able to hold them accountable by pursuing a civil claim. 

The laws surrounding auto fatality lawsuits can be quite complex. But with an experienced attorney on your side, you and your family can focus on mourning while your lawyer handles the legal details of your case. 

Continue reading to learn more about what it means to file a wrongful death claim, how your family will be compensated if you win your lawsuit and what a Lakeland car accident lawyer can do to help.

What It Means to File a Wrongful Death Claim 

Filing a wrongful death claim differs greatly from any criminal charges the person responsible for your loved one’s death might be facing. In criminal cases, the state’s prosecuting attorney will need to charge the liable party and will be seeking criminal penalties such as prison time, probation, or fines, for example.

But in a civil claim, you’ll be retaining a lawyer to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party where you’ll be seeking restitution for the suffering you, your family, and your deceased loved one have endured due to the car accident. 

Compensation for Fatal Car Accidents 

Families pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit for a fatal car accident can expect to be compensated for a wide variety of monetary losses, as well as restitution for other ways your lives have been affected by the loss of your relative. Some more common things people seek compensation for in their fatal accident claims include:

  • Loss of companionship and love
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost future earnings 
  • Loss of guidance and support
  • Loss of protection
  • Lost income and other benefits

Your lawyer can give you a better idea of how much you could expect to be awarded if you win your lawsuit after examining the details of your case. 

Meet with a Car Accident Lawyer  

Losing a family member to a car accident is painful. But you can make sure the person or persons responsible for their death are brought to justice. Contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer at Lopez & Humphries, PA to discuss your legal options. 

Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation when you call our office at 863-709-8500 or complete the online contact form included below.