According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,560 people died in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2018. Fatal car accidents can cause extreme emotional distress to the decedent’s loved ones and affect their finances.
If another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s fatal car accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. Filing a wrongful death claim may allow surviving family members to adjust financially to the loss of their loved one. It may also enable them to identify the accident’s exact cause, which may offer some closure.
If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, a Buffalo fatal accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you fight for compensation in a wrongful death insurance claim or lawsuit.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. We offer qualifying clients representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
How to Prove Liability for a Fatal Car Accident
In a wrongful death insurance claim or lawsuit, the loved ones of a car accident victim may have to prove that another party was accountable for the collision. They may also have to produce evidence demonstrating that the accident caused their loved one’s fatal injuries.
A Buffalo fatal accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to manage these tasks on your behalf. We can investigate how a crash occurred to establish what party caused it when we represent you.
Some aspects that may indicate another driver was liable are:
- Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone at the time of the accident
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Failure to observe traffic light signals
- Falling asleep while driving
- Using the wrong side of the road
- Other violations of traffic law
An accident can also occur due to a mechanical problem in either vehicle. In this type of case, the claimant may need to prove that a defect caused their loved one’s fatal crash. Some common accident-causing vehicle defects are faulty brakes, worn-out tires, dysfunctional steering wheels, and wipers.
Whether your loved one’s accident was caused by driver negligence or negligence on the part of a mechanic or component manufacturer, Morelli Law Firm may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf.
If you believe another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s fatal accident, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800. A representative of our firm can provide you with a free, no-obligation case review during your initial call.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Every road user has to observe various safety precautions on the road. If a driver fails to obey traffic rules and causes a fatal accident, they may be liable for the resultant damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
However, only certain family members, such as the children, spouse, or the parent of the decedent may be able to collect wrongful death compensation.
Depending on the details of your accident and your relationship with the decedent, the potentially recoverable damages in a wrongful death case may include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pre-death medical care
- Loss of services
- Loss of inheritance
- And more
The logistics of a wrongful death case can be challenging to coordinate on your own. Morelli Law Firm may be able to help guide you through this process when we represent you.
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Evidence to Support a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death claim is separate from other court proceedings that may relate to the accident. For example, the police may convict a motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol or disobeying traffic rules. Even if the court finds the defendant guilty of criminal charges, you still need to file a separate, civil action to pursue compensation. Note that you may be able to win a civil case even if the responsible party did not face criminal charges for the fatal accident.
When we work together on your case, Morelli Law Firm can collect evidence to support that another driver’s negligence caused your accident. This evidence may include:
- Witness statements supporting the claim
- A police report on the accident
- Medical reports indicating that the crash or injuries suffered caused the death
- Surveillance camera video recorded at the time of the crash
- Photographic evidence of the accident scene
- Evidence from forensic experts showing the cause of the accident
- And more
Working with Morelli Law Firm on Your Case
In addition to collecting evidence, a Buffalo fatal accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you by:
- Answering your questions and providing legal advice
- Communicating with all parties on your behalf
- Handling all deadlines and paperwork in your case
- Determine the value of your damages
- Filing your wrongful death claim and/or lawsuit
- Handling settlement negotiations
- Taking your case to trial, if necessary
Reach Out to Morelli Law Firm Today
If your loved one lost their life in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, Morelli Law Firm offers you our sincere condolences. We understand how difficult the sudden loss of a loved one can be. If we work together, a Buffalo fatal accident lawyer from our firm can manage all of the legal work in your case while you focus on your family.
Morelli Law Firm encourages you to call us as soon as possible. Per New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) § 5-4.1, there is a general two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits in New York. A failure to take legal action before the deadline in your case could mean that you lose your right to recover compensation via a lawsuit.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. If you qualify, we may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis.