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Does it feel impossible to get justice after a loved one was brutally taken away from you in a car accident by a reckless driver? Perhaps you feel that there’s no point in pursuing it, because it won’t bring back the person you lost. 

You have every right to hold the driver accountable for causing the fatal accident. Not only will they be punished for their actions but they’ll also have to financially compensate you for the pain and suffering of losing a loved one..

We understand the process may seem daunting. You’re probably unsure how to proceed, what evidence is required, how to accurately value your claim, how settlement negotiations are done, and how a trial will be conducted. You’ll find the answers to your questions right here.

The Statistics of Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

The latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the rate of car accident deaths has largely remained flat with only nominal decreases over previous quarters. This highlights the continued risk of deaths in car accidents on roadways as there’s no significant improvement in road safety. [1]

  • The car crash fatality rate is now at 1.35 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled
  • Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for people aged 1-54
  • 42,795 people died in a fatal car accident in 2022
  • Fatal car crash rates have increased in 23 states

The elevated risk of a fatal car accident is a reality many families may tragically experience. The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming with confusion and financial insecurity. Having professional assistance for legal action can help your family members pull together and get back on their feet.

Common Causes of Fatal Accidents

Some of the most common causes of fatal accidents, such as drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield, and disregarding traffic laws are all preventable if only the other driver exercised better judgment. 

Their negligence results in senseless loss of life, traumatizing the victims’ families. It must not go unpunished. It’s necessary to hold these drivers legally and financially accountable for the unimaginable pain they inflict on families.

Our Fatal Car Accident Lawyers Are Here to Fight For You

Jonathan Rosenfeld Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we’re committed to representing the surviving family members of deceased car accident victims. Our law firm has more than two decades of experience handling motor vehicle accident cases for clients whose loved ones were tragically taken away from them by someone else’s negligence. 

Our fatal car accident lawyers are highly skilled at navigating the unique challenges and complexities that make fatal car accidents so difficult. From meeting specific evidentiary requirements to working with the best accident reconstruction experts, our focus remains on building a solid legal foundation for your claim.

We’ll leave no stone unturned to hold accountable the person who took your loved ones away from you so that justice is done and you get closure. Our auto accident lawyer will work hard to get you a fair settlement to compensate you for emotional damage, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, and loss of consortium.

Financial Compensation Amounts We’ve Secured for Our Clients

Our law firm has a clear track record of winning millions of dollars in compensation for clients. We’ll work hard to achieve a similar result for you. It’s important to realize compensation amounts vary significantly based on the facts unique to every case, so past results are not necessarily a guarantee for your case. Some of the recent settlements we’ve won include:

  • $14.1 million for family members of a motorcyclist who was killed when a truck turned into their path
  • $1 million in a policy limit settlement for a rear-seat passenger who was killed in a rear-end collision

Fatal car accidents present considerable legal challenges that are difficult to navigate. There are strict standards for proving liability that must be met. 

This requires gathering solid evidence, working with accident reconstruction experts, and interviewing eyewitnesses to establish a sequence of events clearly proving the other driver’s negligence.

Key stages during the process include negotiations, as there’s often a lot of back and forth on settlement offers, and a court trial if there’s no settlement. 

Trials require a skilled fatal car accident lawyer who is well-versed in the law, has the expertise to obtain information from witnesses, and can passionately argue your case before the jury to win a favorable outcome.

Having professional legal representation throughout the process ensures your case is pursued strategically from the beginning and your rights are protected. It helps you be one step ahead of the opposition at every stage of the process and places you in the best possible position to secure a fair settlement.

You have a limited time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It’s called the statute of limitations. It’s typically impossible to recover compensation if your car accident lawsuit isn’t filed before the statute of limitations expires. 

That’s why it’s so important to consult with a fatal car accident lawyer as soon as possible. They’ll make sure the clock doesn’t run out on your wrongful death claim and you get fair financial compensation. 

The statute of limitations varies by state. In most states, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee have a one-year statute of limitations. Some states, including Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, and others, provide three years to file your claim.

Understanding Personal Injury vs Wrongful Death Claims

A personal injury lawsuit is filed by the victims themselves or through a personal injury attorney after they’ve been injured in an accident. They can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of income potential, pain and suffering. 

When an accident victim dies because of the serious injuries they suffered, they’re obviously unable to sue the negligent driver in personal injury cases.

The family members can bring a wrongful death claim on their behalf against the responsible party to seek justice and compensation for funeral and burial expenses.

Their options also include a product liability lawsuit if the accident was the result of a manufacturing defect in the vehicle. Car accident attorneys can help them better understand the legal process.

Initiating a Wrongful Death Claim

Pursuing a wrongful death claim might seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. As long as you work with a trusted partner, you can be assured your rights are protected. Here’s how you begin:

  • Contact a Fatal Car Accident Lawyer: Hiring a fatal car accident lawyer when filing a wrongful death claim will go a long way in helping you secure justice and maximum compensation. Opt for a law firm with demonstrable experience in securing big wins in wrongful death cases.
  • Determine Eligibility: You are eligible to file a wrongful death case if you’re the deceased’s surviving family member or executor of their estate and are filing the case within the statute of limitations. Our personal injury lawyer will determine if you have a case during your free consultation.
  • Gather Evidence: Relevant evidence proving the other driver’s negligence must be gathered to support your claim. We’ll move to quickly secure police reports, medical bills, witness testimonies, and dash cam or surveillance footage to build a strong legal foundation.
  • Go to Trial: If settlement negotiations fail, our experienced attorney will passionately argue your case at trial before a jury and rely on solid evidence to win a favorable outcome, one that helps you receive fair financial compensation.

Critical Evidence in Cases Involving Fatal Auto Accidents

Proving negligence in a fatal auto accident requires solid evidence that leaves no doubt. Forensic evidence, such as skid marks and crash scene analysis help estimate the speed and indicate braking patterns. Eyewitness statements help piece together the sequence of events leading up to the accident. 

Medical records show precisely how the car accident injuries caused the victim’s death. Testimony from accident reconstruction experts provides valuable insight into how the accident happened. Additional evidence, such as police reports and dash cam footage also play an important role.

Simply gathering evidence isn’t enough. It must be accurately analyzed to back up every single claim you make. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we excel in gathering evidence through our ties with investigators and reconstruction experts, which is then diligently analyzed to create a solid foundation for your case.

The police primarily focus on whether a crime was committed. To establish fault for civil liability that leads to compensation, it’s important to have an accident reconstruction expert provide their opinion on how the crash happened and how the severe injury was caused. 

These experts are typically well-versed in vehicle dynamics, physics, and other fields, often with training from the Society of Automotive Engineers.

They’ll review all evidence and witness accounts, consider weather and lighting conditions at the time of the accident, inspect the damaged vehicles, perform a time distance analysis, and submit their findings in a written report and in some cases, even a 3D model. If the case goes to trial, they also testify to further support your claim.

Our law firm has long-standing relationships with leading accident reconstruction experts in the country. We work with them closely to leverage all of the data and evidence to establish the car accident resulted from the other driver’s negligent or irresponsible behavior.

Dealing With Insurance Companies

Your wrongful death claim will initially be filed with the insurance company. If it’s clear you have a case, they’ll start negotiations on how they will pay in compensation. They’ll almost always make a low first offer, so it’s important to stick with the process to obtain the maximum from them. 

You should be prepared for a bit of back and forth with the insurance provider. If your case is strong, the other driver’s insurance company won’t want the case to go to trial, so eventually, it will start offering higher amounts to get you to settle.

Insurance companies love it when claimants represent themselves, hoping they will accept a lower offer. Don’t respond or accept any of their direct settlement offers without speaking with a fatal car accident attorney first. A mistake at this stage could cost you a lot of money.

Having a fatal car accident lawyer at this part of the process prevents you from falling for the tactics insurance companies use to pay as little as possible. They’ll know how to beat the insurance company at its own game, helping you obtain fair compensation from the other driver’s insurance coverage.

Based on the report prepared by their adjuster, the car insurance company will push hard during negotiations to get you to accept what they say your insurance claim is worth. It’s almost always lower than how much you can actually receive. They may also try to get you to admit fault for the accident.

They can make negotiations seem adversarial, by either attacking your personal credentials, downplaying damages, discouraging you from hiring an attorney, and asking for recorded statements to use against you.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will never let the insurance company get the best of you. We’ll push back and stick to our guns so you’re compensated fully for the loss you’ve suffered. Our willingness to take the case to trial also clearly demonstrates to them that we won’t let the insurance company pay a dollar less than what you deserve.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will never let the insurance company get the best of you. We’ll push back and stick to our guns so you’re compensated fully for the loss you’ve suffered. Our willingness to take the case to trial also clearly demonstrates to them that we won’t let the insurance company pay a dollar less than what you deserve.

Determining the Value of Your Case

Our approach is simple. We are committed to making sure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Our experienced car accident lawyer will consider every aspect when valuing the worth of your fatal car accident case, from local and federal laws to insurance policy limits and additional legal options, to maximize compensation.

It’s important to understand the potential for compensation in your case. We’ll take the time to educate you on all of the damages you’re entitled to and how we’ll go about claiming them.

Families of the victims of fatal car accidents can claim economic damages which includes compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost income, hospitalization, funeral and burial expenses, and other medical expenses. 

You’re also entitled to recover non-economic damages including loss of consortium, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. 

Insurance companies will typically be reluctant to pay non-economic damages, arguing the claim should only reflect economic damages. Having a fatal car accident lawyer represent you during negotiations prevents insurance companies from denying you these damages.

Why Choose Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers

Jonathan Rosenfeld, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

When you choose Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for your wrongful death accident case, you benefit from our more than two decades of experience in securing justice for crash victims’ families. We’re passionate about our mission to help grieving families find closure and hold accountable those who are responsible for their loved one’s death.

Our track record of securing major settlements worth millions of dollars speaks for itself. We remain dedicated to extracting every single dollar you’re entitled to. Unlike other law firms, we don’t see you as just another case. 

We take a personalized approach to all wrongful death lawsuits, and you’ll find us fighting for you every step of the way with unwavering commitment.

Make the First Step to Pursuing Justice!

The aftermath of a fatal car accident is brutal for grieving families. We’re committed to helping you with empathy and compassion, passionately pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit to get you justice.

Reach out to Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today and get your free case evaluation by giving us a call at (888) 424-5757. A fatal car accident lawyer will provide you with expert legal support and explain how we’ll make things easier for you, so your family can focus on healing while we fight to obtain the maximum compensation possible.

Resources: [1] NHTSA

Client Reviews

Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.

– Michonne Proulx

Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own.

– Ethan Armstrong

Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.

– Giulia

This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you.

– Daniel Kaim

Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother’s death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial.

– Lisa

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