Car accidents happen every day. Sometimes, there are no victims and the only damage is done to the bumpers. However, most of the time there is at least one injured individual. There are also cases where at least one person died as a result of the car accident.
The question is: Who pays for the medical expenses, lost wages and all of the other damages after such an accident happens?
If you lost someone in a car accident, listed below is everything you need to know about recovering damages for the death of a loved one.
As you may already know, Virginia is a fault-based state, which means that after a car accident, the person responsible for causing the accident is the one who bears all the expenses. So, the first thing you have to do after losing someone in a car accident is to contact an attorney. If you don’t have one in mind, feel free to schedule a free consultation with one of the available car crash lawyers in Virginia. They will help provide you with all the information you need about the case and show you your legal options.
Once you have talked to an attorney, the next step is determining fault. This is your attorney’s job, and after a careful and thorough investigation, your attorney will tell you who is responsible for causing the accident.
If the other party is at fault, even partially, you will be able to recover death benefits for the loss of your loved one. These involve:
- Medical bills (assuming that your loved one died in the hospital and not on the scene)
- Lost wages
- Damages to the deceased person’s vehicle
The most difficult part is proving that the other person was at fault and that their distraction, reckless driving, or lack of focus caused the accident to happen. Once your attorney investigates the case and gives you enough evidence to file a lawsuit against the other party involved, your next step should be filing a lawsuit against that party (or parties). Usually, when a person loses their life in a car accident, the one responsible for causing the accident can also face criminal charges. These usually end up with:
- Not guilty
Once you file a lawsuit, you can expect to receive substantial compensation from that person and their insurance company. You should have enough funds to pay for the funeral and the entire organization of it, and your children will receive either a one-time or a monthly compensation (since your family loss partial or complete income).
Whether your loved one died in a multi-vehicle car accident or in a ridesharing accident, you should always consult with an attorney and find the best course of action. You never know what to expect until the investigation is done and the fault is determined. Don’t hesitate to contact attorneys immediately following an accident.