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Car Accident Resulting in Death Law Firm Help

Car accident injuries can range from mild to fatal, with an enormous space in between. Unfortunately, even low-speed collisions can cause significant injuries. According to the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, thousands of serious accidents take place each year.

FARS’ statistics showed that in 2008 alone, 34,017 people died in motor vehicle accidents with others killed each successive year. This article discusses what to do in the aftermath of a car accident fatality.

Bloody car accident photo.
Photo of man bleeding on windshield pictured above.

Table of Contents:

How Do Fatal Auto Accidents Happen?

Millions of travelers head to work, school, or vacation in their passenger cars every day. Sadly, there are thousands of motoring accidents every year. In fact, every 12 minutes there is a fatal car accident.

There are many reasons for these tragedies, including:

Remarkably, only 12% of the total fatalities in recent studies blamed iPhones or Android devices for the accidents.

Wrongful Death Actions in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

The State of California holds a wrongful death claim (defined here), as a civil claim, unlike murder. Thus, it is a civil action under tort law. For instance, even unprosecuted criminal cases may be filed as wrongful death actions.

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Also, it is not considered double jeopardy to have a civil and criminal case arising out of the same set of facts. Picking up the pieces is the hardest part.

What is The Burden of Proof and Negligence Per Se?

The burden of proof is much lower in a tort action. It will normally be a preponderance of the evidence standard instead of the clear and convincing evidence standard. Conversely, it is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt (as required in criminal cases). (see the below video.)

Hence, generally, your Los Angeles car accident attorney will be unable to argue that the damages were negligence per se. But civil courts allow this type of inferred negligence in, however, when the criminal case convicts the defendant.

No matter what the case, only a trained legal professional can accurately size up each situation. A firm like can build your case brick by brick. Hence, we make sure that we can try to fill the large gap in your life in any way we can.

What Happens After a Fatal Auto Accident?

After such a disaster, the living members of the family could be faced with severe issues. Beyond the evident emotional trauma caused, there could be issues with insurance companies. Most of all they try to withhold or reduce your due payments.

Also, large medical bills could be piling up. Most relevant here, the insurance company should be expected to step up. Furthermore, fighting a large insurance corporation alone is a daunting task.

  • CAVEAT: Don't do anything without a skilled attorney.

These sneaky and shifty insurance companies are used to thousands of claims like these. So they have devised unsavory strategies and policies. All of this is in order try and keep money from those that need it. Also, there are also issues, such as the insurance or lack thereof of the other driver.

Of course, how much responsibility they take on will determine the payout. Insurance companies may seem to care over the phone but be tightfisted when needed.

Don’t let such a company hold back on your family in your time of need. Besides, you have enough to worry about as it is. Ehline Law Firm has settled similar cases with large settlements for victims and their families. Probably it's a good idea to call us for a free, no-pressure consultation. We are standing by today at (213) 596-9642.

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