Few tragedies affect families more than the loss of a loved one in a fatal car crash. Many families worry about how they can move forward. They are left to cope with conflicting emotions that range from grief and anguish over the victim’s loss to worry and anxiety over the loss of support needed to get through this difficult period of time. The victim’s family may be entitled to compensation for the death of a loved one if they can prove fault on the part of the other driver.
The state of Washington allows surviving family members to bring civil wrongful death actions against the person or entity responsible for causing the crash, so long as the lawsuit is filed within three years from the date of the death. Family members are entitled to recover the costs of medical expenses incurred prior to the death, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of future income and funeral and burial expenses.
Wrongful death cases are complex, not least because surviving family members rarely witness the car crash for themselves. Families need the help of a wrongful death attorney in Washington to help them pursue full and fair compensation for their losses. Attorneys conduct the investigations necessary to secure compensation by:
Reviewing the police report – Officers diagram the accident to provide greater detail about how the accident occurred such as information about road, weather and lighting conditions.
Talking to witnesses – Knowing how an accident happened may help to support your case.
Reading through the car insurance policy – Insurance policies may include alternative avenues of financial recovery if the other driver was underinsured or uninsured.
Speaking to the experts – Accident reconstructionist experts help to recreate events to determine how the accident happened.