The car accidents which plague Virginia on an annual basis often result in aggravating car damage and minor injuries. However, a small percentage of these accidents can have devastating repercussions, including the loss of a loved one. Fatal car accidents, while rare, occur without warning and can have a severe impact on the family left behind. If you have gone through the tragic loss of a loved one after a car accident in Virginia, you may be entitled to bring a claim against the responsible party. Reach out to a compassionate Richmond fatal car accident attorney to learn more about your legal options.
Fatal Accidents in Virginia
In 2014, there were approximately 650 fatal accidents throughout the state of Virginia, with approximately 700 fatalities. At least one-third of the fatalities were due to alcohol-related crashes. While fatal accidents have decreased over the years, due to the enforcement of traffic laws, harsher penalties, and safer vehicles, our Richmond injury lawyers have seen how the prevalence of fatal accidents throughout the state has a dramatic impact on the families who are involved. The loss of a loved one is a terrible tragedy for any family, and the unexpected nature of a fatal accident often makes the loss more devastating. The family has to quickly absorb the news that their loved one was taken from them due to the actions of another driver which could have been easily prevented.
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Fatal Accident Recovery
The family of an accident victim is entitled to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible party after the fatal accident occurs. Wrongful death claims may include the following:
- Hospital bills
- Funeral expenses
- Future earnings
- Loss of consortium
While many of these expenses are easy to put a value on, other damages, such as future earnings or the loss of consortium require an experienced Richmond car accident attorney to project into the future. The loss of earning potential of a loved one can be critical to a family that was dependent on this ongoing income. Not every family has the luxury of a company that will pay out a life insurance policy after an unexpected accident. The loss of income, coupled with funeral expenses and any medical expenses will often crush a family who is still reeling from the loss of a loved one. A claim for damages will assist the family in moving forward from the accident and focusing on their grief rather than on the financial impact of the loss. The Richmond fatal car accident lawyers at Christina Pendleton & Associates will assist your family in handling all the legal matters of the claim so you can focus on your grief during this devastating time.
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If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Pendleton Law. Our lawyers understand how difficult a time this is for you and your family. We will handle everything from day one and will allow you the time you need to grieve for your loved one and process the tragedy. Rest assured that we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for the devastating loss of your loved one. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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