When wrongful death lawsuits arise as a result of reckless, careless or negligent driving the family may often be so traumatized they fail to pursue any legal action. Contrary to popular belief, promulgated by insurance companies, many people who suffer the death of a family member in an auto accident never file a claim or lawsuit. The family is often so overwhelmed that any legal action is out of the question, because no lawsuit or amount of money is going to bring the deceased back.
While understandable, the decision to forego legal action means that the family and survivors are deprived of the income lost and a sense of what many victims call closure, or justice. Often a family member will seek out a lawyer many months or years after the loss, only to find out that evidence has been lost, insurance adjusters are reluctant to open old claims, legal deadlines have elapsed etc. Indeed, one of the most common causes of our lawyers rejecting a claim is that it is too old. Thus, it is advisable to contact counsel as soon as possible after a fatal accident.
Although every state has different laws, fatal auto accident claims all share several common features:
1) The death means that there will be police involvement and records that need to be secured right away.
2) In all likelihood one of the operators will be found at fault; an accident cause will be found.
3) The severity of the loss will trigger an aggressive response by insurers to protect themselves from any liability.
4) The case will, as with any claim over one million dollars, require the help of an attorney experienced with complex injury litigation. The attorney will need to hire an independent expert in accident reconstruction to establish the cause of the death.
If you have lost someone special in your life because of a vehicle accident let Baker Associates help you today. We have experienced attorneys standing by ready to provide legal assistance. Visit our web-site at http://www.joebakerlaw.com or call us anytime at 865-428-2888.
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