Victorville Wrongful Death Actions: When It’s Time to File a Suit
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In 2014, 28 vehicles were involved in fatal accidents in Victorville, and a percentage of these stemmed from drivers who were driving drunk. Traffic fatalities happen every year in California for a variety of reasons – anything from drunk driving to driving while drowsy or distracted driving such as texting and taking your eyes off the road. We’ve seen many catastrophic accidents that end in injuries with victims who were lucky to have left the scene alive. However, we never expect to lose a loved one in a horrific traffic accident.
When you have lost your loved one in a Victorville traffic accident, you may wonder where you can turn to bring justice to your case and gain compensation for the most important aspects of life, such as when the medical bills just keep piling up and the whole family suffers emotionally. Going through these hard times is never an easy thing to do, but it becomes much more difficult when big-name insurance companies and the other party’s attorneys are trying to build a case against you. You have options, and we want to be there for you.
Building a Wrongful Death Claim
Building your claim isn’t the easiest thing to do and, on top of that, it can be very time-consuming. You should speak to an attorney as soon as possible to retain your rights and get started on your claim before you miss out on certain aspects. For instance, here are some things you want to keep in mind when you are working on preserving your case:
- Keep filing deadlines in mind when it comes to your claim. If you choose to move forward with a wrongful death claim, there is a statute of limitations to be met, which means that you have to file your claim in a certain amount of time before you are barred from doing so. In California, the statute of limitations across the state is two years from the death of your loved one.
- You should always work on building your case with other types of physical evidence that show that the other party is at fault. This can be anything from photographs of the accident scene and injuries to your loved one before their passing, to witness statements from those that were there.
- You should always receive a police report from officers who arrived at the scene of the accident. They understand exactly how the accident occurred and can help build a police report that can be extremely useful to you.
Who Can File For Damages?
Some people are barred from bringing these cases, though you will find that a variety of loved ones are able to file. Those who file wrongful death claims must have been close to the individual in some way, such as spouses, children, parents, domestic partners, and more. Sometimes, a personal representative can bring a claim and the money will be kept in a special account for loved ones to use based on the circumstances.
There are many damages available in these types of cases. For instance, you may be able to recover if your loved one was taken too soon and you had to pay for funeral expenses relating to their death. Perhaps you may be able to file for medical expenses that you had to pay for while they spent time in the hospital, punitive damages to punish the reckless defendant and so many other aspects. These cases can be financially and emotionally draining, which is why we don’t want you to handle it alone.
We are here for you in your time of need when you have lost a loved one and need our assistance. Victorville fatal traffic accidents happen every year in California, and we are here when you have lost your loved one due to the negligence of another. Call us today for more information on how we can help at the Los Angeles Injury Group, at 310-954-7248.