How can a wrongful death claim help following a car accident?

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Wrongful death legal resources can provide protections to family members after a loved one has been killed in a car accident. While personal injury legal protections are available to car accident victims, wrongful death legal protections can help family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a car accident.

Wrongful death legal protections

Wrongful death legal protections may apply when a negligent driver has caused a fatal car accident. A wrongful death legal claim can be brought in Connecticut by the personal representative of the lost loved one’s estate against the negligent driver responsible for the fatal accident. As long as there has been a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of a loved one, that was negligently caused by a driver, a wrongful death claim may be brought against the negligent driver. Additionally, the lost loved one must have beneficiaries, such as a spouse or dependents, who suffered damages as a result of the fatal car accident.

Ways drivers may be negligent in car accidents

There are a variety of different ways that a driver may be considered negligent including:

  • Texting while driving or other forms of distracted driving;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Failing to adjust to poor weather conditions;
  • Driver fatigue;
  • Inexperienced or elderly drivers; or in other ways as well.

A wrongful death claim for damages can help surviving family members with the damages suffered as a result of a fatal accident. When a loved one has been wrongfully killed by a negligent driver, it is essential for family members to be familiar with wrongful death legal protections.