What Happens When a Car Accident is Fatal?

In 2017, for the third year in a row, traffic deaths rose in Arizona. Drug (both illegal and prescribed), and alcohol impairment accounted for 43% of the 1,000 deaths reported last year. When a loved one has been injured, and that injury results in death, you have the right to be compensated for their medical expenses and costs associated with their wrongful death.

“Impairment, speeding and reckless driving, and failure to wear a seat belt are leading factors in traffic fatalities.” Source: Arizona Department of Transportation

What can you do to stay safe on the roads?

If you are a pedestrian, stay on sidewalks, avoiding areas where you need to walk in the street. Walk facing traffic and stay aware. Use appropriate crosswalks and never assume you are seen or have the right of way.

When driving, wear your seat belt and obey the speed limit and traffic laws. Consider defensive driving courses. Choose to be a safe driver, understanding there are consequences for your poor driving – including the risk of taking a life.

Never drink or use drugs and drive. If your medications indicate to not use them and drive, adhere to that – it isn’t worth the risk.

Stay alert when driving, avoiding texting, talking on the phone, or other distracting behaviors. Feeling sleepy? Pull over to rest, or delay driving until you are rested.

If there is ever a question about whether or not you should drive, consider the risk you are putting yourself and others in and make a safe, responsible decision.

What do you do if you are at fault in an accident that involves a fatality?

If you are responsible for a fatal accident, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately, as you may be charged with a crime and will need representation. Early representation will ensure you are clear on your rights and responsibilities.

What happens if you, or a loved one is involved in an accident resulting in a fatality

If a loved one has died in a car accident, this is likely a very difficult and trying time for you. Whether or not the responsible party is found guilty of a crime, they still can be held responsible in a wrongful death lawsuit. It is important to speak to a lawyer about your options. A free consultation with a lawyer can help to determine if you have a case and what your next steps should be.

Injuries leading up to death may have required extensive medical treatment or care. A personal injury lawsuit on behalf of your loved one can help you to recoup or cover the expenses as well.

How We Help

With over twenty years of experience, Simon Law Group would like to earn your trust as a local personal injury lawyer. We are here to support you in getting the money you need to take care of your loved one after an accident. If you have any questions, would like to discuss your case, or are wondering what you could potentially expect from your personal injury claim settlement, feel free to contact us at (480)-745-2450 to schedule your free consultation.

And remember, experience matters!

 

 

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