The number of traffic accidents involving inattentive drivers on cell phones is increasing. Recently, several pedestrian deaths were caused by such accidents. When one of these accidents happens, the aftermath can be overwhelming for the survivors. There are mountains of paperwork that need to be dealt with, phone calls to make and other things that must be taken care of. Most importantly, the final wishes of your loved one must be handled. If you have lost a loved one due to an accident involving a distracted motorist, it’s important to have someone on your side that can help you take care of these things, so you can focus on your family.
When you lose a loved one, you have many personal tasks to take care of. Funeral arrangements, flowers and music, an officiant, burial and funeral honors. There are many things to attend to, and you will need the help of family and loved ones. While you are taking care of these things, the last thing you want to worry about is paperwork and legal hurdles.
When your loved one is lost due to an accident involving a distracted driver, there are several legal provisions under local, state and sometimes even federal law that may apply to your situation. You may be entitled to compensation for burial, funeral and other expenses. You may also be entitled to other compensation. The types and amounts of compensation depend upon the circumstances surrounding the accident, as well as where the accident took place. The compensation you receive may come from the party that was at fault in the accident, or their insurance company. Many insurance companies fight to pay out as little as possible to survivors, and it may be impossible for you to achieve a satisfactory settlement on your own. This is where the help of a competent attorney is invaluable.
When you retain an attorney to assist you with your case, your attorney will first sit down with you and discuss the details of your claim. If it is determined that you have a case under applicable laws, your attorney will determine the types and amounts of compensation that you may be entitled to. Your attorney will then help you determine how best to pursue your case. It is usually preferable to settle out of court; this relieves the survivors of a huge burden, and insurance companies are usually more eager to settle out of court than to go to court. If your case must be heard by a judge, your attorney will present the facts of your case and walk you through the entire court proceeding so you don’t have to handle things alone.
If you have lost a loved one due to an accident involving an inattentive motorist, it is important to contact an attorney right away to both protect your rights, an receive what you are entitled to. Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment so we can help you.