The loss of a loved one is one of the most catastrophic experiences a person may go through in life. Knowing that the death was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else can make the loss even more difficult to bear. Unfortunately, this is all too common. According to the Utah Department of Health, 1 person is killed in a car crash in the state every 33 hours.
In the days following a fatal car accident, you may realize you don’t have the funds necessary to cover funeral or burial costs. You may wonder how you’re going to support yourself and your family financially without your loved one’s income. These are damages you may be able to recover by means of a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal Utah car accident, don’t hesitate to contact the legal team at Fielding Law today. Our compassionate fatal car accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. Call us 24/7 or fill out the online form to schedule your free case consultation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death in the United States for people aged between 1 and 54. Fatalities could involve drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or others.
The following are some of the leading causes of fatal car accidents:
If a person suffers physical injuries in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, he or she can file a personal injury claim and pursue compensation for accident-related losses. On the other hand, if the victim dies in the car crash, then a wrongful death claim can be filed on behalf of the family.
A wrongful death claim could be considered an injury claim filed on behalf of the person who is deceased. Just as there’s a statute of limitations on filing personal injury claims, wrongful death claims must be filed within an allotted period of time.
If your loved one was killed in a Utah car accident, a personal injury lawyer from Fielding Law may be able to help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. Utah allows the deceased person’s heirs or the personal representative of the estate to file a wrongful death suit.
Utah Code section 78B-3-105 lists the following as legal “heirs” who are allowed to file a wrongful lawsuit:
If you’re considering taking legal action after losing your loved one in a motor vehicle collision, it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who you can trust. Our compassionate legal team knows what is needed to build a solid wrongful death case on behalf of you and your surviving family members.
In order for your car crash claim to be successful, your lawyer will have to prove the following four elements:
The personal injury lawyers at Fielding Law are familiar with Utah state laws regarding wrongful death cases and can explain how these will affect your case. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free case consultation.
The unexpected loss of a loved one can take a devastating emotional and financial toll on a family. A wrongful death claim can reimburse a family for various existing and future losses.
Damages that a judge or jury may award in a wrongful death claim include:
It may seem harder to get the full amount your family requires in the case of runaway or uninsured motorists, but Fielding Law has your back. We will stop at nothing to pursue all avenues of compensation so you get what you need.
Have you suffered the loss of a family member in a fatal Utah car accident? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the lawyers at Fielding Law, especially if insurance companies or at-fault parties are trying to blame your deceased loved one. We will work diligently to minimize his or her role in the car accident and maximize the compensation you recover.
Our law firm is here to help you fight to get every dollar your family deserves. All personal injury and wrongful death claims are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing out-of-pocket. We only get paid if you are awarded a case settlement.
Schedule your free consultation with an experienced member of our legal team today. We can answer any questions you have about your legal rights and determine whether you have a right to receive compensation. Fielding Law represents clients in Salt Lake City and throughout the state of Utah. Call 877-880-4090 or fill out our online case evaluation form.