Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
If your loved one was killed in a Washington motor vehicle accident, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue wrongful death law firm, may be of assistance to you.
There is nothing more tragic that a totally preventable death. When a loved one is killed due to the negligent act of another, the grief a family feels is unfathomable. Often, surviving family members have the extra burden of trying to make ends meet without the primary breadwinner. Washington's wrongful death statute allows the family, through civil action, to seek compensation for the loss of their loved ones. While a monetary award does not ameliorate grief it can help sustain the family and educate minor children.Wrongful Death in a Motor Vehicle Accident
A wrongful death is one in which a person's death was caused by the negligence or the wrongful act of another. The family of a person killed by a driver who was driving drunk, driving high on drugs, driving recklessly or negligently, can seek to hold the negligent driver civilly liable under Washington state's wrongful death statute.To have a strong case for wrongful death, the following must be proved:
- The other driver must be found to be at fault in the accident.
- The other driver must be found to having acted negligently such as: driving while intoxicated; making an illegal u turn; running a red light or stop sign; speeding; racing; texting while driving; or driving recklessly.
- The wrongful death lawsuit must be brought by a surviving member of the deceased one's family (i.e., parents, spouse, children or other dependents).
- The death of the family member must have produced monetary damages.
The most common monetary damage awards in a wrongful death lawsuit are:
- Medical costs
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of benefits such as pension and medical insurance
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of consortium and companionship.
A child whose parent or parents were killed in a Washington auto accident may have additional legal remedies for the loss of a parent. The surviving minor child can ask for "loss of gifts or other gratuities" and "loss of parental training, guidance and education."Seeking Insurance and Assets to Pay a Wrongful Death Claim
For a wrongful death lawsuit to be successful, there must be insurance or other assets to satisfy the claim. An experienced attorney will seek to file suit against all responsible parties including an employer of the driver that was "on the clock" at the time of the accident or a bar that over-served. In the case of a driver who does not have insurance or is under-insured, an experienced wrongful death lawyer will also seek out other assets such as a homeowner's policy or business insurance.Seek Experience in Choosing a Bellevue Wrongful Death Attorney
The Farber Law Group has represented families with their wrongful death claims for more than 30 years. We find it an honor and a privilege to advocate for victims' families.
We provide a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and NO COST consultation. We represent many car accident victims on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win your case for you.
Call us toll free at (800) 244-9087 or use our Contact Form to speak with an attorney.