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More than 36,000 people died from car accident-related injuries in 2019. This figure accounts for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists and illustrates the alarming frequency with which traffic fatalities occur.
If you lost a loved one in a motor-vehicle collision, your family may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages. Read on to learn the answers to a few FAQs about pursuing a recovery in such a scenario:
There are a number of parties that could be responsible for your loved one’s passing. Examples include:
Your legal team will perform a thorough investigation to identify all potentially liable parties. If multiple parties are to blame, taking action against all of them may be strategically advisable.
In South Carolina, a wrongful death suit can only be brought by the personal representative of the victim’s estate. If the deceased failed to draft a will prior to passing and therefore never assigned the role—or the named party is unwilling or unable to settle the estate—the court will appoint a personal representative.
This party may file a wrongful death suit on behalf of eligible beneficiaries including the deceased’s surviving spouse, children, parents, and rightful heirs. If the case is successful, it could yield compensation for:
If the circumstances surrounding the crash demonstrate malice, ill will, or a reckless disregard for the victim’s life on the part of the liable party, it may also be possible to collect a punitive award.
There are several steps your family can take from day one to give your wrongful death case the best chance of success. Such steps include:
Depending on the circumstances, there may be other ways to strengthen your claim even more. A seasoned attorney will share any such strategies after evaluating your case in a free consultation.
To find out if your family has grounds for a wrongful death claim, turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm. Our compassionate team understands the emotional and financial toll that an unanticipated death can take on the whole family. Call 864-585-3873 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a wrongful death attorney in Spartanburg.
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