Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a loved one is always a difficult time, but when their death was result of another party’s negligent or reckless act, that loss can be devastating for a family. The laws in most states allow survivors of the victim to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties that are deemed responsible for the death.
Wrongful death attorneys work diligently to get families the compensation they deserve. A legal team understands that no amount of money will ever make up for the loss of a loved one, but they also understand that this loss often leaves families both emotionally and financially overwhelmed.
The following are some of the different types of accidents resulting in wrongful death of the victim that wrongful death attorneys have handled. Call a law office if you would like to discuss how a wrongful death lawyer Salt Lake City, UT offers may be able to help your family.
Car Accidents: Vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of fatal accidents that result in a wrongful death lawsuit. This is because of the large number of motorists on the roads. Each year, approximately 40,000 victims are killed in car crashes. Some of the negligent actions that cause fatal car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Road conditions
- Weather conditions
Large Truck Accidents: Commercial truck accidents are different than car accidents in several ways. Because of the vehicle’s massive size and weight, the percentage of fatal truck accidents is much higher than fatal car accidents. Wrongful death lawsuits are also more complex than other vehicle accidents, often having multiple parties named as defendants in the lawsuit, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Some of the more common causes of crashes include:
- Failure to maintain the vehicle
- Inexperienced truck driver
- Loads not properly secured
- Mechanical failures
- Oversized loads
- Truck driver error
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
Motorcycle, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Accidents: A motorcycle rider, pedestrian, or cyclists is at a higher risk of being killed in a crash compared to occupants in other types of vehicles because of the lack of protection they have upon impact of the vehicle hitting them.
Each year, approximately 5,000 motorcyclists, 6,000 pedestrians, and 900 cyclists are killed in accidents caused by negligent vehicle drivers.
Medical Malpractice: Patients and their families depend on physicians and another medical professional to provide care and treatment, not to harm a patient in such a way they die from medical negligence. Wrongful death attorneys have represented families whose loved ones died because of the following acts of malpractice:
- Birth injury
- Defective medical devices or medications
- Delayed or incorrect diagnosis
- Delayed or incorrect treatment
- Hospital negligence
- Lack of informed consent
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
Thanks to Rasmussen & Miner for their insight into personal injury cases and types of wrongful deaths.