The suffering endured after a fatal car crash is immeasurable and incredibly personal and with the added stress a legal case can bring, can feel like the horror won’t end. Handling a settlement in these instances requires a lot of dedication and time spent with the family of the victim, something our team prides themselves on doing. We offer our sincere condolences to you and your family and recognize that whilst a settlement payout will never replace the loss of a loved one, it can sometimes help families move on and close the chapter on the horrendous matter.
What you need to know about a fatal car crash settlement
You wouldn’t have ever even imagined being in this situation, having to file a fatal car crash case on behalf of your loved one. You’re feeling bereft, completely devastated, and emotionally drained- the last thing you expected was to be faced with the many legal hurdles of a fatal settlement. There are many factors to consider when someone else is to blame for your loved one’s death and your personal legal case is completely unique to you, meaning the settlement will be unique too.
What to expect in your first meeting
No doubt you will be feeling anger, frustration, and incredibly emotional throughout this meeting, it is important for your lawyer to understand the facts whilst supporting you and your family through this incredibly painful process. When you lose a child, spouse, or parent in a fatal car accident, the laws surrounding this tragedy are known as wrongful death laws.
Wrongful death laws are in place in the state of Arizona to protect and represent people just like you and your family who have experienced the devastation of death as a direct result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
Who can file a wrongful death claim and who can accept the settlement
If your spouse, child, or a direct family member has been involved in an accident then you can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Sadly, if you’re a friend or neighbor and not related, you won’t be able to file a case for their accident. Your attorney will discuss the nature and circumstances of the accident with you initially to help establish and build your case. You may have questions about how the at fault driver will be held responsible, who all the responsible parties are and what type of punishment, if any, they may receive. What is the timeline for a case, what does the criminal process look like? We can answer these questions for you and more.
We can recommend resources for your grief. If your family was a victim of a drunk driver, we work closely with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in their Phoenix office and can put you in contact with an advocate. If you need help with other related services, we are happy to help you.
If you and your family are currently going through the incredibly painful process of filing a claim, you’ll need a trusted and empathetic serious injury lawyer who understands the complex laws in Arizona but who also demonstrates they have your best interests at heart. If you’re looking for some gentle guidance or want a legal professional to help offer some advice, why not call our experienced legal team on 480) 634-7480 and see how we could help your case.