Meridian Fatal Car Accidents
There were more than 32,000 fatal car accidents that led to over 35,000 deaths in the United States in 2015 alone. Unintentional injuries, of which many come from auto accidents, are the 4th leading cause of death for all ages and the leading cause of death for persons age 44 and younger. Of the five leading causes of death, auto accidents are the only preventable one, with most car crashes being attributable to the carelessness of one or more drivers. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car crash, contact our Meridian fatal car accident attorneys today to discuss your legal options during this trying time. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has been handling personal injury cases for more than 30 years while always striving to deliver compassionate client service and legal representation.Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Deceased Accident Victim in Mississippi
677 people died from accidents on Mississippi roads in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Under Mississippi law, you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death action on behalf of your loved one if he or she passed away due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash. A wrongful death claim will allow you to seek damages on your loved one’s behalf, just as he or she would have been able to do if he or she had survived the crash. Not everyone can bring a wrongful death action on someone else’s behalf, though. In order to file a claim on behalf of a deceased, you typically must be one of the following, depending on the circumstances:
- The deceased’s surviving spouse
- The deceased’s surviving parent or child
- The deceased’s surviving sibling
- The personal representative of the estate of the deceased
When the death was caused by driver error or negligence, such as in a wreck, the claim must be asserted by the appropriate party. If you are one of the persons listed above and believe you may be able to assert a wrongful death claim on behalf of someone who died in a car crash, you should contact an experienced fatal car accident attorney in the Meridian area immediately. It is important for an attorney to begin investigating the claim and building the case soon after the accident in order for you to be able to assert a timely and successful wrongful death claim.
To succeed in a fatal car accident case, liability and damages must be established. Liability concerns the facts of the accident, and it is often established by proving negligence. Negligence can encompass numerous forms, although the most common include drunk driving, driving while fatigued, disregarding traffic signals, and speeding. Our lawyers seek to begin investigating car accidents on behalf of clients as soon as possible so that we can uncover all forms of evidence available. For example, we will seek to promptly obtain the Meridian Police Department crash report and make efforts to speak with all known witnesses.
Damages in a fatal crash case are usually significant. For starters, surviving family members will be grieving over the loss of their loved one. Financial implications can be high as well, especially if the deceased was the family’s primary income earner. The family may have difficulty replacing that income and providing for basic necessities. Serving people throughout the Meridian area, our fatal car accident lawyers can take steps to identify and pursue all elements of damages under Mississippi law, such as funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost wages, and lost future earnings. To prove loss of future income, it may be necessary to retain economic experts to gather data and make calculations based on the victim’s age, work history, experience, and earning potential.Consult with a Knowledgeable Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident, contact our Meridian fatal car accident lawyers today for a free consultation. While no sum of money will make up for the untimely loss of your loved one, we can fight to get you maximum recovery under the law. We have successfully represented auto accident victims all across Mississippi, including in Meridian, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Hattiesburg, and other parts of the state. Call us now toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a Meridian car accident lawyer.