Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Car Accidents

In California, a wrongful death lawsuit is brought on behalf of an individual who dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity (such as a drunk or otherwise negligent driver). If your loved one was killed in a San Fernando Valley car accident as a result of another driver's unlawful behavior, you might be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking financial compensation for your loss. Perhaps the driver was texting and driving, speeding recklessly, or otherwise ignoring traffic laws. No matter the reason, your innocent loved one lost their life. Financial recovery can include lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, and funeral expenses. An experienced personal injury attorney can discuss your potential recovery with you in further detail.

San Fernando Valley wrongful death claims involve all types of fatal accidents, from two-automobile car crashes to multi-car pile ups and hit and runs. Individuals, businesses, and governmental agencies can be legally at fault for either negligently or intentionally causing your loved one's death. An experienced wrongful death attorney must be comfortable going up against the largest corporations and government entities to fight for your legal rights.

Who may potentially bring a wrongful death lawsuit? This list includes:

  • Immediate family members – such as spouses and children (including adopted children) and parents of unmarried children.
  • Life partners, financial dependents, and putative spouses.
  • Distant family members - including brothers, sisters, and grandparents.

This list is not exhaustive and you can learn more about bringing a wrongful death lawsuit in California here. It is important that you speak with a personal injury attorney to determine whether you are able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one.

Financial recovery is different in every case, but factors that are commonly considered by the judge or the jury when compensating survivors include:

  • Mental pain and suffering of survivors.
  • Medical and support services from the date of the victim's injury to his or her death.
  • Funeral costs.
  • Lost parental companionship, protection, and nurturing for surviving minor children.
  • Expected earnings of the victim from the time of death to retirement age.
  • Loss of employment-related benefits (pension, medical coverage, etc.).


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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