According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 1 in 113. Sadly, the odds increase drastically for teens and young adults. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death of American teens.
If you were injured in a wreck that involved the death of one or more people, then it will be important that you speak with an Atlanta car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Why is speaking to an attorney important?
A lawyer will help gather evidence that will help establish the driver at fault in the wreck. The investigation will include gathering witness statements, going out to the scene and taking photographs, acquiring traffic camera footage, and so forth. Fault is important under Georgia law because, a negligent person is obligate to compensate the injured person. An attorney can help put a number to your claim after evaluating all of the factors, including medical bills (both past and future), lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
Generally, car accidents in which another person has lost a life are reviewed with greater scrutiny by the insurance company. As such, you will definitely want the counsel of an experienced lawyer. A lawyer will speak on your behalf, and handle all communication with the other driver’s insurance company.
IF YOUR LOVED ONE PASSED AWAY IN A CAR ACCIDENT
If your loved one passed away in a car wreck due to the negligence of another driver, then there may be a claim for wrongful death. In Georgia, a wrongful death claim is a claim that is brought by the survivors for the “full value of the life” of the family member who has passed away.
In this type of claim, the survivor, generally the surviving spouse or children, seek amounts for lost future earnings. Also, the survivors may request compensation representing the loss of care, companionship, and other benefits that the deceased provided. The estate of your loved one may bring its own suit requesting recovery for any pain and suffering that occurred prior to the passing.
If you were injured in a car accident in which another person, or your loved one, passed away, it will be important that you speak with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. So please, do not hesitate, call and speak with an attorney at Schenk Smith today. Our consultations are always free.