Traffic fatalities in Louisiana and throughout the country have been declining over the past few decades, but the number of motorists who die each year is still a cause for concern. Individuals who lose loved ones due to traffic accidents may find it possible to recover compensation for their loss through the legal process.
Causes of traffic fatalities
Distracted driving is at the root of many fatal motor vehicle accidents. Common distractions include text messaging, personal grooming, eating or giving attention to a passenger in the car.
Driver fatigue is also a likely reason for serious car accidents. This risk is most prevalent in the nighttime hours. Nighttime is also when drivers who use drugs or alcohol become the most dangerous to other drivers. Other actions that show an increased risk for causing fatal accidents on the road include speeding and not wearing a seat belt when traveling in a motor vehicle.
Wrongful death lawsuits
Officials will work to determine what happened when a motor vehicle accident proves fatal. When the accident is due to negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit becomes relevant. These lawsuits represent a demand for compensation by the family or estate of the person killed in the accident.
Three paths to compensation exist for families who lose loved ones through wrongful death. These including:
- Filing a claim against the at-fault driver in the accident
- Filing a claim against the insurance company of the deceased
- Filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance company
No one likes to think of the possibility that a loved one will not return when they leave home in a motor vehicle, but these tragedies sometimes happen. Families who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident may be able to obtain the compensation they deserve by speaking with a personal injury attorney.