Fatal Car Accident Victims Deserve A Voice
Fatal car accidents in Missouri account for less than 1 percent of the total car accidents during a given year. That might not seem like a lot to most people, but when it happens to you or your family member it becomes real, real quick. Most of us don’t think twice when getting into our cars every day to go to work or to drop the kids off at school that we can become one of those unlucky victims of a fatal car accident. It just isn’t something we think about, although 38,000 people die of car accidents across the US each year. But if you’re reading this article, you’re now fully aware of how fatal car accidents can hit you right in the gut just when you least expect it. What’s difficult about fatal car accident cases is the fall-out amongst the families of the loved ones who were the victims in the accident.
What’s even more tragic is that those who perish in a car accident where they were at no fault, have lost not only their life but also their right to fight those who caused the accident and make them pay for their negligence. This is why it’s so crucial that the family members realize they have an obligation to their loved ones to fight for the truth and to fight for justice. If you’re a loved one of a fatal car accident victim in St. Louis, you’ve come to the right place. Combs Law Group understands the difficult dynamics that family members are dealing with after losing a loved one. It’s not easy to make the right decisions for you, your lost one, or your other family members. The pain is so real, and you begin to question the best path forward as you look to put the horrific accident behind you while honoring the memory of your loved ones. That’s where we come in and provide you the support and information you need to make sound, reasonable, and logical decisions that will allow you to move on, learn from and grow from this experience.
You Ask, We Answer
You have questions, here are some answers.
What is the process for a fatal car accident lawsuit?
Like most personal injury cases, when someone is killed as a result of someone else’s negligence behind the wheel, the other party seeks compensation for damages. What’s unique about fatal car accident cases is that if the negligence results in death, the victims family has the right to file a wrongful death case. Read more about the legal process for personal injury cases here.
Can I file a lawsuit as a family member of someone killed in car accident
In Missouri, you can file a lawsuit if your spouse, children, or parents have been killed in a car accident. If you’re a sibling, you can file a lawsuit if your loved one had no other living family. In most cases, the lawsuit will be brought forth by the state of the deceased individual, where the surviving members would be the beneficiares of the settlement.
Should I worry about my in-laws filing before I do, if my husband was the victim of a deadly car accident?
We always recommend that our clients provide clear lines of communication with other family members, especially family members of the deceased. You don’t want them to feal like you’re working behind their backs. In fact, you don’t want the defense to know that there is any division within family because they can use that as a defense tactic during the the tral.
Who get’s paid the settlement for the fatal car accident claims?
In most cases the estate of the deceased will recieve the final check or checks. Then any guidelines that are spelled out in the will or in the legal documents attached to the estate asset distribution. We can help you navigate this process once we have successfully won the case. We have many resources available that can help direct you managing your financial settlement.