Car accident injuries can range from mild to fatal, with an enormous space in between. Unfortunately, even low speed collisions can cause significant injuries. According to the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, thousands of serious accidents are reported each year. FARS’ statistics showed that in 2008 alone, 34,017 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents with others killed each successive year. If your family has been impacted by such a traumatic event, then the office of the Ehline Law Firm PC stands ready to assist you through this traumatic time. Let our esteemed firm and its sterling reputation work to make your life whole again. Call us for a free consultation today at 888-400-9721.
How Fatal Auto Accidents Happen
Millions head to work, school, or vacation in their cars each and every day. While most get to their destination without incident, thousands are involved in accidents every year. In fact, every 12 minutes there is a fatal car accident. There are many reasons for these tragedies, including:
- Distracted drivers
- Poor roadway conditions
- Poor weather conditions
- Mechanical failure
- Driver impairment, caused by the use of alcohol or drugs.
The state of California holds a wrongful death claim (defined here), as a civil claim, unlike murder. It is based on a civil action brought as a tort. Even cases that are not prosecuted criminally can be brought about as a wrongful death action, especially in cases of vehicular manslaughter claims.
The burden of proof is much lower in tort action and is usually based upon a preponderance of the evidence instead of clear and convincing evidence, or evidence beyond a reasonable doubt (as required in criminal cases). (see the video.) Your attorney will be unable to argue that the damages were negligence per se type of inferred negligence unless the criminal case convicts the defendant.
No matter what the case, only a trained legal professional can accurately size up each situation. A firm like Ehline Law can build your case brick by brick and make sure that we can try to fill the large gap in your life in any way we can.
What Happens After a Fatal Auto Accident?
After such a disaster, the living members of the family could be faced with severe issues. Beyond the clear emotional trauma caused, there could be issues with insurance companies attempting to withhold or lower payments rightfully deserved. Large medical bills could be piling up and the insurance company should be expected to step up. Fighting a large insurance corporation alone is a daunting task and one that should not be taken on without a skilled attorney. These companies are used to thousands of claims like these in which they have devised strategies and policies to try and keep money from those that need it. There are also issues, such as the insurance or lack thereof of the other driver and how much responsibility they take on.
Insurance companies may seem to care over the phone but be tightfisted when needed. Don’t let such a company hold back on your family in your time of need. You have enough to worry about as it is. Ehline Law has settled similar cases with large settlements for victims and their families. Call us for a free, no-pressure consultation today at 888-400-9721.