In the United States, one of the leading causes of death is related to car accidents. Wrongful deaths happen every day, and many lives are lost across the state.
When this happens, the surviving members of the family usually don’t know what to do.
Did you know that only 2 out of 5 cases of wrongful death end up in court?
In Utah, many attorneys work hard to help their clients receive death benefits after losing a family member to a car accident. Listed below is everything you need to know about car accidents and wrongful deaths in Salt Lake City.
Proving the Negligence
In most car accident cases, the first thing you need to prove in order to have a valid case is negligence. If you can prove that the other party’s negligence caused the accident, you have a case in hand.
Usually, Car Accident Attorneys in Salt Lake City determines negligence based on the following criteria:
- Breach of Duty – if a driver acts carelessly or irresponsibly as a result of distraction
- Duty and Responsibility – every driver behind the wheel assumes the responsibility to drive safely and responsibly
- Damages – as a result of the accident, you victim was left injured, under emotional distress, gained financial loss, property loss, or lost their lives in the process, or as a result of the accident.
- Causation – indicates that a breach of duty caused the accident
Once negligence has been established, you will have a good starting point and from there onward, it will be less complicated to win your case and receive the benefits you deserve. In case of death, the family of the deceased will receive death benefits, which will serve to compensate the family for the loss of their beloved member.
Note – we understand that financial gain cannot replace the death of a loved one, but it will certainly help the family pay for the costs of funeral arrangement, and help them stabilize financially after the accident.
Additionally, the family of the deceased could be compensated for the following:
- Medical costs (if the deceased spent time in the hospital and died as a result of the injuries sustained, all medical costs that were paid can be reimbursed to the family through death benefits)
- The decrease in the household income (as a result of death, the family income is less than what it used to be)
- A survival claim – compensation for the deceased member’s pain and suffering prior to passing away
- The loss of love
- The loss of companionship
- The loss of guidance that the deceased would have provided
For more information about death benefits and what you may be eligible to receive after losing a beloved member of your family, speak with Salt Lake City Car Accident Attorneys today; give us a call, schedule your initial free consultation and receive much needed legal guidance. Our attorneys have helped countless families overcome this tragic event. They will know how to help you deal with the financial and legal aspect of this tragedy so that you can try and move on with your life.