All drivers know the risk of getting caught in a car accident. In a best possible scenario, everyone walks away with a few to no scratches and a light damage to the vehicle’s bumper. However, in the worst possible scenario, one or more people end up losing their lives.
When this happens, it is extremely important to know how to act properly. Yes, there are certain things that you can do to increase your chances of obtaining compensation for the death of a loved one. Here are some of the steps you should take right after the accident.
Hiring an Attorney
Whether you like it or not, hiring an attorney is your best shot at obtaining the compensation for the loss of a loved one. When a person loses their life as a result of a car accident, usually someone can be held liable. This is where the attorney comes to play; by investigating the accident, your attorney will be able to determine fault and if the other party was at fault, you will have two options (we will talk about that in the next paragraph). Everything you do from that point will determine whether or not you will receive anything for the loss of a loved one.
Our Car Accident Attorneys Los Angeles understand what it means to lose a loved one. They know that money will not be able to replace the death of a loved one, but they also know that you and your family will go through a very difficult time after that accident. You are going to need money to arrange a funeral, pay for additional expenses, or even pay for the hospital bills (if the person died at the hospital and not on the scene). Our attorneys will gladly help you do the right thing, and receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call today, and schedule your free consultation.
Civil Suits and Criminal Charges
In order to receive any type of compensation after an injury, you will have to file a civil lawsuit against the person responsible for causing the accident. In addition, criminal charges may apply, and they usually result in one of the two options:
- Not guilty verdict
To file a lawsuit, you are going to require legal help. If you don’t have an attorney in mind, feel free to give our Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys a call. They will come to your aid as quickly as possible and help you file a lawsuit against the person responsible for causing the accident.
NOTE: Even if the deceased was at fault for causing the accident, an attorney may investigate the case and determine that the deceased was not fully at fault. Partial guilt belongs to both parties, and even if that is the case, you will still be able to file a lawsuit against the other party (or parties) involved in the accident. Consult with our attorneys today to learn more about your legal options and other important factors that may determine the future of your case.