Fatal Car Accidents
The aftermath of the death of someone close to you can be devastating. Sadly, fatal car accidents remain a pervasive problem across the nation. If a careless driver has fatally injured your loved one, you may be able to take legal action. Nashville car accident attorney Eric Beasley can help victims explore their situation and determine whether they may have a claim. For over 15 years, Mr. Beasley has guided bereaved families in holding careless people and companies accountable under the law.Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim Following a Fatal Car Accident
If a fatal collision was caused by someone else’s negligence, that person may be held liable by filing a wrongful death claim. This type of personal injury lawsuit is brought on behalf of the deceased person, and is brought by either the court appointed “personal representative” of the deceased person or a close family member. Typically, the representative seeks to recover damages on behalf of the deceased persona and his family comma, such as his or her spouse or children.
A wrongful death claim may be appropriate when the decedent’s death is caused by the defendant’s negligence, and the victim could have brought a lawsuit based on the accident if he or she had not died. The elements of a wrongful death claim include demonstrating a duty of care, a breach of duty, causation, and damages.
Damages in a wrongful death claim are slightly different from those in a typical negligence action. They include the losses that the surviving family suffered as a result of the death. Often, the estate of the deceased person may be able to recover funeral expenses, medical costs related to the treatment of the deceased person prior to death, lost income provided by the deceased person, and lost inheritance by the children. Mental anguish that the deceased person suffered as a result of the injury before his or her death may be recovered. Additionally, if the defendant's conduct was particularly egregious, the estate may recover punitive damages.
An action for wrongful death must be brought within one year from the date of the victim’s death. This statute of limitations requires that the case must be filed within this time, or it likely will not be heard by the court. As a result, it is especially important to seek guidance from an attorney without delay if you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness.Explore Your Options with a Nashville Attorney after a Car Accident
While monetary damages cannot compensate you for the death of a loved one, they may help to alleviate the financial problems caused by your loss. Nashville car accident lawyer Eric Beasley can aggressively assert your right to compensation after a crash. He represents accident victims in cities including but not limited to, Metro Nashville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, as well as communities throughout Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties and across Middle Tennessee. You can reach personal injury lawyer Eric Beasley by calling (615) 859-2223 or using our online form to set up a free initial consultation at which we can discuss the details of your case.