Fatal car accidents are becoming more common throughout the United States. Here, we’ll explore why fatal crashes are on the rise, and If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident someone else caused, contact our Richmond car accident lawyers for help.
Fatal Car Accidents Are on the Rise
According to recent data from the National Safety Council, fatal collisions have increased across the U.S. Many of these accidents can be attributed to driver inexperience, intoxication, distraction, and other factors. In Virginia, there were nearly 130,000 accidents in 2019, resulting in 827 deaths. In 2020, there were 105,600 crashes that resulted in 847 deaths, according to data from the Virginia Department of Motorized Vehicles.
For those who’ve lost loved ones in a fatal collision, recovering from the loss of a loved one will take time, and can be financially staggering. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, we understand how difficult it can be to deal with insurance companies and other parties who may question what caused your family member’s death. The Johnson Injury Firm has experience standing up to those who would try to dispute your legal claims.
Common Causes of Fatal Crashes
Although hazardous road conditions and traffic congestion can make roads more dangerous, the most common causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents are often linked to drivers’ negligent actions. Some of the most common fatal traffic collision causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Inclement weather
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Making improper turns
Wrongful Death Claims After Fatal Car Accidents
In a wrongful death claim, the decedent’s estate sues the negligent actors who caused the fatal accident. Often, a surviving spouse and other surviving relatives will claim losses arising from the decedent’s death. The following types of losses can be claimed in a wrongful death action:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
Who Is Eligible To Seek Compensation In Virginia?
Under Virginia statutory law, only the decedent’s personal representative can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. The wrongful death beneficiaries can be parents, spouse or child (by blood, adoption, or marriage), or siblings.
In Virginia, the statute of limitations period is two years from the date of the decedent’s death. This means that the wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the decedent’s death, or the case will be barred. Should that happen, the estate will have lost the ability to obtain compensation through the courts.
How The Johnson Injury Firm Could Help
The Johnson Injury Firm can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit in accordance with Virginia statutes. Our experienced Richmond car accident lawyers can gather evidence, conduct depositions, and interview witnesses to make sure we have all the facts to help prove your case.
The skilled trial lawyers at the Johnson Injury Firm are ready to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve if you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your family’s rights and legal options.