The loss of a loved one in a fatal auto accident is unimaginably painful, and even more so when knowing it could have potentially been avoided. In 2017, there were 783 fatal accidents in Virginia and 34,247 nationwide, leaving many families, friends and communities devastated.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, we can help. Fatal auto accidents are often caused by negligent behavior, which entitles you to financial compensation. Call to find out your legal options from one of our highly qualified fatal auto accident attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. Our team has a substantial amount of experience in handling fatal auto accident cases. Fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.
After losing a loved one in a car accident, surviving family members may go through the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy as the first option for recovery. A claim will need to be filed along with evidence proving that the driver’s negligent actions caused your loved one’s death and you have experienced losses as a result. Issues commonly arise with wrongful death insurance claims, such as being awarded a settlement that is limited by the at-fault driver’s amount of liability insurance, which may not be enough to cover expenses. A wrongful death lawsuit may also be filed with the local court. Evidence will also need to be shown to prove negligence on behalf of the at-fault driver.
The following four elements will need to be proven in order to establish negligence in a fatal auto accident:
A fatal auto accident attorney experienced in wrongful death claims has the knowledge and money it takes to thoroughly investigate and gather the necessary evidence that it takes to win the case. Insurance companies will attempt to deny the validity of the claim and blame the decedent for their death. Under Virginia’s rule of contributory negligence, if the decedent is found to be even partially at fault for their death then beneficiaries cannot recover financial compensation. A lawyer can hire accident reconstruction experts to determine fault and will handle all interactions with the insurance company for you. They will fight tirelessly and, if necessary, take the matter to court in order to recover damages on behalf of your grieving family.
Our team of fatal auto accident lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP understands how shattering the sudden loss of a loved one can be. Let us help you during this time of mourning by taking care of all of your legal matters so you may focus on your family. Fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer today.