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Important facts about wrongful death claims

Losing a loved one is a challenging life event. This is often worsened when a loved one is suddenly taken away from you because of the negligence of another party. This overwhelming experience can be difficult for family members in Virginia and elsewhere to navigate. However, there are options. In some cases the victim's survivors may be able to file a wrongful death claim to assign accountability and pursue compensation for losses.

Two kill and three injured in a Virginia head-on crash

We like to think that all drivers abide by the rules of the road. Although we must go through a driver safety course and pass a driving test to obtain a driver's license, this does not mean all drivers will follow these rules. Unfortunately, negligence and recklessness find their way onto the roadways, causing numerous accidents each and every day in Virginia and across the nation.

Protecting your rights by filing a wrongful death action

While it is inevitable that we will all pass on, it is never easy experiencing the loss of a loved one. This is especially true when the death was sudden and unexpected. When a serious accident in Virginia ensues and is the result of the negligence of others, this can leave loved ones with lots of questions. Could it have been prevented? Who is at fault? What are my rights following this tragic event?

Traffic fatalities in Virginia up form last year

Driving safely is something drivers must do at all hours of the day. Whether it is during the early hours of the morning, a morning commute, rush hour traffic, evening hours or the late hours of the night, motorists have the duty to drive safe and follow the rules of the road. This is true even when traffic is low or no other vehicles can be seen on the roadways. By breaching this duty, a driver not only places their own life at risk but the lives of other motorists and passengers as well.

Can you recover pain and suffering for emotional distress?

We tend to respond to events in different ways. When something positive or exciting happens, we show clear signs of happiness. However, when something negative or sad happens, we exhibit signs of sadness or distress. When these events are more extreme, our emotions can be a very high or a very low. Take for example a fatal car accident. The loss of a loved one is a very traumatic event, causing surviving loved ones to endure much emotional pain.

The elements of a wrongful death suit

Losing a loved one is never an easy event to live through; however, because death is a part of life, individuals in Virginia and elsewhere are likely to encounter these unfortunate matters at some point. While we can understand the death of elderly and terminally ill loved ones, we are shocked and surprised by the sudden death of a family member when his or her death was caused by the negligence of a loved one.

What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one is a very challenging event to overcome. No matter the age of the person, when a loved one is suddenly taken from you because of the negligence of another party, this can be a shocking, traumatic and overwhelming time. While it might seem impossible to move past this tragedy, it is possible to process this event and move forward. While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, a compensation award could help offset the damages caused by the event.

Area car accident leaves pedestrian dead

A fatal accident in Roanoke left a 71-year-old man dead after a car went off the road and slammed in to building belonging to a local retirement community. Before hitting the building, the driver struck the man who later died and also hit a fence. The man was standing along the side of the street near a bus stop. Immediately after the accident, police stated the man had suffered serious injuries and took him to an area hospital, where the man died. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was also taken to the hospital.

When can a victim's family get punitive damages?

It is always sad when a Virginia family loses a loved one unexpectedly. In addition to the emotional fallout, there are usually financial repercussions due to unpaid medical bills, funeral expenses and most importantly, lost income. Moreover, the emotional loss has some financial value of its own.

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