Glendale Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
It is a tragic fact that the streets of Los Angeles are dangerous. People lose their lives every day on our congested and hectic freeways, often due to the poor decisions of other drivers. Not only are these events heart-wrenching for families, but they put families in financially precarious situations. You may have to deal with a sudden drop in income, leftover medical bills from your loved one’s injuries, and the difficulties of managing a household on your own. But you shouldn’t be responsible for these costs if someone else caused your loved one’s passing.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident that was not their fault, you may be eligible for compensation through a wrongful death claim. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our compassionate team of Glendale fatal car accident attorneys has more than 40 years of combined experience. We understand the legal requirements and can go over every detail of your case. We offer every potential client a free consultation to discuss their case, so there is no cost to sitting down with us and explaining what happened to your family member. When you are ready, you can reach us at (818) 507-4311.
More than 3,500 people died in car accidents in California in a recent year, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), which includes individuals killed while driving vehicles, going out for a walk, riding bikes, and using motorcycles. All of these fatalities can be traced back to some form of negligence, which means they were completely preventable.
According to LA’s Department of Public Health, motor vehicle crashes rank fourth as the leading cause of death in our city, just behind heart disease, drug overdoses, and suicides. Given how dangerous our city’s roads are, officials have started funding a Vision Zero Plan, the goal of which is to reduce LA’s traffic fatalities down to zero. A major part of this plan is combatting negligent driving behavior and improving road design.
Common causes of fatal car accidents in Los Angeles include:
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Distracted driving, including cell phone use
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Dangerous turns
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Defective auto parts
There is no excuse for causing someone else’s death in an auto accident. Drivers should always be focused, careful, and patient on the streets around Los Angeles. Failing to obey the rules of the road can, and often does, leave families devastated.
We cannot begin to imagine the pain you and your family are going through, much less the costs you now have to bear on your own. However, if a negligent driver caused your loved one’s death, then you may be able to recover compensation through that driver’s auto insurance policy.
Under California’s wrongful death statute, surviving family members can file wrongful death claims against auto insurance policies to recover compensation for the loss of a loved one. While it is impossible to put a value on someone’s life, there are certain types of compensation you can recover in a claim that may help your family deal with the financial burden after a death.
A wrongful death claim can recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical costs for treatment received prior to your loved one’s death
- Loss of financial support that the deceased would have contributed to the household during their lifetime
- Loss of expected potential income, inheritance, etc.
- Loss of household services, such as chores, child-rearing, and other contributions to a household
- Loss of companionship, love, moral support, and guidance
To receive compensation, you will need to prove that another driver caused your loved one’s death through an act of negligence, such as driving while intoxicated. In addition, only certain individuals in a family may file a wrongful death claim.
California follows a specific order of succession when distributing compensation for a wrongful death claim. In addition, only one individual may file a wrongful death claim for the loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident, but that individual can represent the entire family and determine how compensation will be distributed.
The individuals who can file a wrongful death claim in California are:
- The deceased’s spouse or domestic partner
- The deceased’s children
- The deceased’s parents
- Anyone who would have inherited the deceased’s estate, including siblings or other dependents
Families have up to two years from the deceased’s death to file a wrongful death claim in California. While we do not wish to rush you, it is important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. Your legal team will need time to investigate your claim, collect evidence of negligence, and negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company. We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, can walk you through the entire process and handle all of the legal obligations while you focus on moving on from this tragic event.
The loss of a loved one can impact every aspect of your life. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional pain, but you may also need to take a hard look at your finances and re-evaluate how to manage your household. Dealing with the legal process of filing a claim only adds more weight to your burdens – unless you work with the right lawyer.
The Glendale car accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, know you are going through a difficult time. Don’t struggle through a claim on your own; let us shoulder your burdens and handle the legal side of your case. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and are dedicated to recovering as much money as possible for our clients. We work on a contingency-fee basis and offer free case evaluations, so there are no upfront costs to contacting us. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, call our office at (818) 507-4311.
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