Las Vegas Collision Lawyers Help After Car Accident Fatalities
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, for certain demographic groups including young children and teenagers, motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of fatalities.
The number of car accident deaths in Las Vegas has risen in recent years after a period of decline, and thousands of people every single year lose their lives as a direct result of motor vehicle accidents.
Victims who are killed in a car crash leave devastated family members behind. Loved ones left to pick up the pieces not only need to deal with the grief they experience because of their loss but they may also have serious financial issues to contend with as well. A victim who has been killed in a car accident may have received treatment intended to save his life, and this could cost thousands of dollars.
The person who has passed may also have been providing financial support to family members, leaving them in dire financial straits as a result of an untimely death.
When a victim is killed in a motor vehicle collision, Nevada law ensures that surviving loved ones are able to obtain the compensation they need and deserve from those responsible for causing the fatal accident to happen. However, family members will need to navigate the legal system at a difficult time as they cope with their grief over losing a loved one.
Causes of Death from Car Accidents
Car accidents are all-too-often fatal because there are many ways that people could be killed as a result of a collision. Victims can lose their lives when they are thrown from the car and sustain serious injuries. They can be hit by debris within the vehicle and experience fatal injuries, or they could simply die from the impact of the crash as their bodies absorb the force of the accident.
Fatalities also happen in rollover accidents when a victim sustains a crushing injury, as well as in tragic under-ride accidents when a car slides below a truck, and the victim is crushed.
Unfortunately, when car accidents happen, the sheer weight of vehicles on the roads, coupled with the speed at which cars travel, make fatal or serious injuries a likely outcome if the collision is serious. Vehicle safety technology can help, but it can only go so far. Passengers and the driver are still vulnerable to the types of serious injuries that cause fatalities, including head injury, spinal cord damage, and internal injuries to the organs.
When a person is involved in a car accident that turns fatal, it will be important to prove that the crash was the direct cause of the death. Showing that the car led to fatal injuries is necessary so surviving family members can obtain wrongful death damages.
Who is Responsible for Deaths Caused by Car Accidents in Nevada?
After any car accident, a driver who caused the collision can be held liable to those harmed by it. In the event that a car accident causes fatal injuries, the person who was actually harmed is not alive to pursue a claim and hold the careless driver accountable for the crash.
However, wrongful death claims ensure that negligent drivers who cause accidents are still made to pay for the resulting losses. Surviving family members can pursue a claim and recover wrongful death damages provided they can show that the other motorist behaved in a negligent or careless way and that this negligence was the direct cause of the death occurring.
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Negligence is proved by showing that the motorist violated the rules of the road, which creates a presumption of unreasonable carelessness. A victim’s family members could also show that a driver should be held liable for a fatal car crash if no reasonably prudent motorist would have acted — or failed to act — as the driver did.
Compensation for Deaths Caused by Car Accidents
When a fatality occurs because of a car accident, the damages are substantial.
In fact, there is often millions of dollars at stake in these situations because a life has been lost — along with all of the potential that life held.
Wrongful death damages cannot bring back the person who was killed but can compensate family members of the deceased for the tremendous loss that they have endured. Surviving family members should be entitled to receive monetary payment for loss of the deceased’s companionship and for the lost relationship.
They should also be entitled to receive compensation for loss of income the deceased was bringing into the home and would’ve brought home throughout the rest of his life. Finally, financial recovery should be provided to cover the costs of losses the deceased incurred before death, including compensation for medical bills used to try to treat crash injuries.
Getting Help From Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
At LV Personal Injury Lawyers, we know that there is nothing more devastating than losing a loved one in a car accident that could have been prevented if other motorists hadn’t been unreasonably careless. We can provide the type of personalized help that crash victims to hold careless drivers accountable for the tremendous losses that have occurred.
Contact our Las Vegas deadly car accident attorneys today to find out more about the ways in which our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team led by Zachary D. Clayton, Esq. can help you.