Fatalities from Norfolk Car Accidents
When a car accident results in a fatality, your family may have a claim if another’s actions were to blame. These claims are similar to car accident claims except for the fact that the injured party died from their injuries. A diligent attorney can help you understand the facts of the case to determine your family’s rights following your tragic loss.
If you lost a loved one in a fatality from a Norfolk car accident, our attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help. Our compassionate wrongful death attorneys can guide you through the claims process to get the justice you deserve.
When Does a Car Accident Claim Become a Wrongful Death Claim?
A Norfolk car accident resulting in fatal injuries can become a wrongful death claim. These crashes tend to be truck or trailer accidents because the weight of commercial trucks can cause a force of impact that results in catastrophic damage. Pedestrian and motorcycle accidents where one party has little protection against a collision also often result in fatalities that can become wrongful death claims.
A claim for wrongful death can happen regardless of whether the person dies instantaneously or later from injuries sustained in the collision. A dedicated attorney can help determine whether a fatality from a car crash can result in a wrongful death claim.
Common Fact Patterns Surrounding Fatal Norfolk Wrecks
Fatal accidents tend to occur on the highway such as on Interstate 264. Major roads such as Norfolk Boulevard, Independence Boulevard, North Hampton Boulevard, and Witchduck Road often also see higher speeds which can result in fatal accidents.
Other than higher speeds, other factors also result in higher numbers of fatalities. Certain angles of impact can cause more significant damage, especially side impacts and head on collisions. For example, when a car is taking a left-hand turn and there is traffic coming from the other direction, a high-speed side impact collision can occur which can result in serious, if not fatal, injuries.
Steps to Take After a Loved One Dies in a Crash
If your loved one has been killed as a result of a car crash in Norfolk, the most crucial step to take is to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. A lawyer can then walk you through the claims process and start preserving evidence.
A lot of vehicles have black boxes on them, especially large commercial trucks such as a dump truck. In those cases, an experienced wrongful death lawyer can get access to that information before it is lost or destroyed. The other action an attorney can help with is making someone the official personal representative of the decedent through the probate court of the Norfolk circuit court. A lawyer will walk the family through that process including helping them to decide who is the most appropriate personal representative and going to court with them to have them qualify as the administrator.
An Attorney Can Help Following Fatalities from Norfolk Car Accidents
If you lost a loved one in a car wreck caused by the negligence of another, it is essential you contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. We can help you determine your rights and next steps. We can then walk you through the process to make it as smooth as possible for you and your family and to get you the compensation you deserve for your loss. To discuss fatalities from Norfolk car accidents, call us today for a free consultation.