Most people in our state do not anticipate that they will be in a fatal car crash. Unfortunately, as statistics show, all too many people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. In 2017, there were 2,920 fatal traffic accidents here, which caused 3,117 deaths. In addition, 659 pedestrians were killed after being struck by a vehicle, and 127 bicyclists lost their lives after being hit by a car. So far, 2018 has seen 2,198 fatal traffic accidents, killing 2,360 individuals in our state. Moreover, 518 pedestrians lost their lives after being hit by a car, and 108 bicyclists died in accidents with automobiles.
These numbers are a sobering reminder that fatal accidents on streets and highways are not uncommon. A person can take every safety precaution possible, from wearing a seatbelt, driving the speed limit and following traffic signs and signals, but nothing can protect a person from the acts of a negligent motorist.
Some people are lucky to walk away from a traffic accident relatively unscathed, but as the aforementioned numbers show, fatalities can and do occur. When a person is killed in a motor vehicle crash, his or her survivors are left dealing not just with the loss of a loved one, but also the financial effects that follow a person's death. There may be medical expenses if the victim was not killed at the scene of the collision, and there may be funeral expenses. There will be a loss of the income the victim provided, along with loss of companionship. It is a lot to bear, emotionally and financially.
Therefore, in some instances following a fatal car crash, the victim's survivors may decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. By doing so, they can seek compensation for the losses they suffered. And, a wrongful death lawsuit may bring a sense of closure and a sense that justice has been done. Wrongful death lawsuits are not appropriate in every circumstance, however, and consulting an attorney can help.