A fatal car accident can alter the lives of a family in a heartbeat. Not only that, but it will affect the friends of the person who died, and the community as a whole. Unfortunately, no one is immune from the shock waves left in the wake of a fatal automobile crash.
In a lot of situations, a fatal car crash is nothing more than an accident, and no one can be blamed for the loss of life. However, in other circumstances, an accident like this happens because another Illinois resident engaged in negligent, reckless or unlawful behavior. Indeed, so many lives have been lost as a result of irresponsible people deciding to drive while intoxicated, and so many lives have been lost due to individuals irresponsibly taking their eyes off the road in order to text a friend or update their Facebook statuses. In the end, these circumstances boil down to one important word: negligence.
When a fatal car accident is caused by another person’s negligence, family members of the deceased will have the right to seek justice and restitution in court. For example, they might be able to hold the person who caused their loved one’s death financially responsible for damages relating to lost family income, pain and suffering, lost family relationship, lost future inheritance and more.
Although the pursuit of a wrongful death claim will not reverse the awful wrong that has occurred in such cases, it can be an important part of the grieving process for affected family members. At Mathys & Schneid, we help families who have lost their loved ones in fatal car accidents pursue wrongful death claims. If you lost your loved one in an accident, you can learn more by reading our wrongful death webpages.