On New Year’s Eve in Lancaster County, a 17-year-old girl was killed due to multiple traumatic injuries after a car accident that was ruled accidental. An 18-year-old as well as two other juveniles were involved and also injured in the crash. The 17-year-old girl’s vehicle went off the road and traveled into a detached garage located behind a home. One person was trapped inside her vehicle as well. First responders acted quickly and tried to do what they could to save the teen, but she unfortunately died from her serious injuries.
There are many reasons why wrongful death car accidents happen in our day-to-day lives in Lancaster. Some of the common causes of fatal accidents include distracted driving from texting or eating, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving such as speeding, poor weather conditions, driver fatigue, and more.
If you live in Lancaster and have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, you may wonder how you can bring a suit for your losses. A loved one’s family can bring a wrongful death suit as a way to gain compensation after a death after a party has acted negligently. Sometimes, these suits are brought against other drivers, such as the case mentioned previously. Other times, they are brought against manufacturers for defects that they never warned about.
There are various elements that you will have to be able to prove to show that you have rise for a case. A grieving family will have to prove that another driver caused the accident that led to the death of your loved one, that the driver was acting negligently when it occurred, that the deceased family member was survived by a spouse or child, and that there have been monetary damages as a result of their death. Perhaps they had an upcoming promising career and cared for their child and now there is a loss of income. Perhaps the death was caused by gross negligence, such as a drunk driving accident, and you have been affected emotionally by their death. There are a variety of reasons to bring a wrongful death suit after a car accident has claimed the life of a loved one.
If you are an immediate family member of a loved one who you lost to a car accident, such as in the many accidents that take the lives of others in Lancaster every year, give us a call to get started on your case. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we care about your car accident case and will help you get results. Call us at 888-208-1810 today.