What Steps Should I Take if I Lose a Loved One in an Auto or Motorcycle Accident?

There is nothing sadder than suffering the loss of the life of someone you loved. When their death occurs in a car accident or motorcycle accident, it is understandable to wonder if there is someone who can be held financially accountable, if not legally accountable. The answer is that it depends. However, there are steps you can take to determine who can be found at fault and how it could help you move on. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

There Are Many Costs Associated with Losing a Loved One

We do not have to tell you that the costs of losing a loved one are very high. There are the economic costs, such as the cost of burial and funeral costs, medical costs prior to their death, costs related to settling the estate, the loss of their income, and others. Then there are noneconomic costs such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium. While no amount of money can bring them back, suing for financial compensation can help you move on.

Get a Copy of All Reports

The first step to take is to get a copy of the police report, the medical reports, and any other reports that have details on the accident and your loved one’s subsequent health issues. The goal here is to prove that your loved one was involved in an accident and that their death would not have occurred if they had not been in that accident.

Gather Additional Evidence

Next, gather all evidence you can, such as pictures of all vehicles involved, statements from all involved parties and any witnesses, video footage, event data recorder info, logs from cellphones – literally anything else you can think of that could prove your case.

Calculate Your Costs

Once you have all the paperwork and evidence, it is time to start calculating what the accident likely cost you. Add up the funeral costs, burial costs, costs of probate, and the medical costs that occurred after the accident and before the death of your loved ones. Then consider how much your loved one earned and their likely future earning abilities, and how the loss of that money will negatively impact your life.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney

You can call a personal injury attorney at any point during the process. While you can wait to gather evidence and come up with a baseline cost, we can also help you do this. If you have lost a loved one and you want to know what your wrongful death lawsuit options are, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.