Nashville Fatal Car Accident Lawyers
Helping Families Who Lost Loved Ones in Fatal Traffic Crashes
Some traffic accidents are more serious than others. Some people have to replace a fender or visit the emergency room briefly, while others do not survive the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 37,133 people died in traffic accidents in the United States in a single year. Just over 1,000 of those fatalities took place in Tennessee.
Fatal car accidents happen often, and most families cannot imagine the nightmare of the phone call from the authorities that a loved one has suddenly died in a crash. If this tragic event does happen to your family, always remember that you might have important legal rights. While you face your loss and work through your grief, let the lawyers of Bednarz Law in Nashville stand up for your rights. Contact us today for more information.
Wrongful Death Claims After Traffic Accidents
Many types of traffic accidents can be fatal, and the following are some of the most dangerous types of crashes:
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Accidents involving large commercial trucks
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Whether your loved one was riding in a car hit by a semi-truck or walking down the street when they were hit by a car, it is critical to examine who was at fault for the fatal accident. If another party was to blame for the death, your family may have the right to file a wrongful death claim against that party.
Causes of Fatal Car Accidents in Wrongful Death Cases
Tennessee defines a wrongful death as a death caused by the wrongful act, omission, or killing by another. Many fatal car accidents happen because another party was negligent or acted intentionally wrongfully, both of which would qualify as wrongful death. Some common causes of fatal car accidents that might lead to a wrongful death claim include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Reckless driving
- Violating traffic laws
- Truck drivers violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs)
- Defective vehicles
- Dangerous roadways
The party responsible for a wrongful death might be another driver, a vehicle manufacturer, another private corporation, or even a government entity.
Once an attorney identifies the liable parties for a fatal accident, close family members may be able to seek damages for their extensive losses. Some damages may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income and future financial support of the deceased
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Mental and physical pain and suffering of the family members
- Loss of love, companionship, and society of the deceased
Family members only have one year to bring this type of claim in Tennessee, so you should never wait to contact an attorney after a tragic loss.
Consult with a Trusted Nashville Wrongful Death Attorney Today
The Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Bednarz Law have helped many families obtain the compensation they deserve for a devastating loss. Call 615-256-0100 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.