Losing a loved one is always a tragedy, but when a loved one is taken from you unexpectedly, there is more than just an emotional wound left behind. If you or someone you know lost a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident, those left behind are likely facing financial difficulties in addition to their emotional trauma. A sudden fatal motor vehicle accident will lead to unexpected medical bills and funeral bills, and if the deceased victim was the primary wage earner for the family, these unexpected bills will be nearly impossible for the family to pay.
Fortunately, the law is on the side of fatal motor vehicle accident victims. The deceased victim’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver. If the family of the deceased can prove that their loved one was not responsible for the accident, then the family can be compensated for their suffering.
It can be difficult to prove who was at fault in the accident, especially if one or both of the parties involved in the accident are no longer alive to give their account of what happened. However, there are a few ways to establish the events of the accident, such as recovering eyewitness testimony or attempting to reconstruct the accident. An attorney can assist you in these matters.
Wrongful death applies to more than just fatal motor vehicle accidents, but fatal motor vehicle accidents are an extremely common cause of wrongful death. Just like any other state, Oklahoma sees its fair share of accidents, and a few of these are tragically fatal. Only time can heal your emotional trauma following a wrongful death, but a successful lawsuit can help with the financial damages.