The death of a family member is one of the worst experiences a person can go through. This is true no matter how they die, but when their death was caused by the reckless behavior of another, it can be even harder to deal with. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation with a wrongful death attorney.
There Are Many Potential Reasons for Pedestrian Accidents
There are many different ways in which a person can suffer a pedestrian accident. It may be that the driver did not yield, they were speeding, they were driving while distracted, or they were driving while drunk. If they were at fault then it is likely you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
How to Prove Fault in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
The first job of your attorney is to prove who was at fault for the accident. It may be that the driver was distracted, broke traffic laws, or was negligent in another way. Even if the pedestrian was partially at fault for crossing unlawfully, the driver will generally still share blame.
If the driver denies that they are at fault for the pedestrian accident, then your attorney will collect evidence, work with expert witnesses, talk to witnesses to the accident, and take whatever other actions are necessary to get as much proof as possible. It is true that the money is not going to bring back your loved one but it can ease the financial burden and help you get a sense of closure that the person at fault is being held accountable.
You May Be Eligible for Several Types of Compensation
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be eligible for several types of damages. This could include loss of financial support, loss of emotional support, lost services (such as cleaning, home repairs, etc.), the loss of consortium, funeral costs, burial costs, medical bills caused by the accident before the death, and other damages.
You Have Two Years to Contact an Attorney
In the state of California, you have two years to file a wrongful death case. This is to assure that an at-fault party does not have to defend themselves ten years from now, when most evidence will be lost. Two years should give you enough time to gather the necessary evidence to make your case.
Of course, you will not be making the case on your own – your personal injury attorney will be handling most of it for you. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we do not require any upfront costs – we take cases on a contingency basis. If we win your case, then we win a percentage of the award. If we do not win then you do not owe us for legal fees. Contact us now at 800-333-0000 to get started with a free consultation.