Fatal Car Accident Attorney
If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident caused by another’s negligence, eventually you will have questions about your legal options. Once the shock and grief have subsided, you may begin to wonder about whether the party that caused the death of your loved one will ever face any kind of punishment. You may worry about how you are going to pay your bills and take care of your family. You may feel as if no one understands how vulnerable you feel.
At the Seattle law office of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., our attorneys understand that the weeks and months after the loss of a loved one are full of uncertainty and confusion. Although our attorneys cannot take away the sad facts of your situation, they can help you receive justice through the legal system.
What Kinds Of Compensation Are Available After A Fatal Car Accident?
Clients who work with our attorneys after the death of a loved one in a fatal car accident usually file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for loss of companionship, loss of the deceased’s contributions to the family income, loss of services such as yard work or child care, the family’s pain and suffering, and medical and funeral expenses. Unlike some other states, Washington does not allow for punitive damages — damages that punish the negligent party.
What Are Common Causes Of Fatal Car Accidents?
A fatal accident can happen in many ways. First, any type of motor vehicle accident that causes injury could also cause death. Common causes include other drivers who are speeding or violating other traffic laws, driving vehicles with defective components, driving under the influence, or driving while distracted. Accidents involving semi trucks and smaller vehicles such as cars are often fatal because of the sheer size and weight of the truck. Road conditions and inexperienced drivers are often factors in fatal accidents.
What We Do To Obtain Maximum Compensation After A Fatal Vehicle Accident
Our lawyers will consult with safety experts, highway engineers and medical specialists. We will review police reports, interview witnesses and investigate the record of the other driver. We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to obtain just compensation for your terrible loss.