Car Accident Wrongful Death Statistics

Wrongful Death Car Accident It is devastating on a number of levels to lose a loved one in a car accident, especially if the accident or death could have been prevented. In addition to losing a breadwinner and companion, families must grapple with the expenses associated with honoring and burying their loved one and the emergency medical treatment the deceased received prior to passing. Insurance companies are notorious for doing any and everything possible to avoid paying victims and their families a penny more than they need to, which is why the Chicago wrongful death car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are so dedicated to the aggressive pursuit of all available avenues to recover the compensation our clients deserve.

Cars are Overwhelmingly Represented in Fatal Crash Statistics

Of all the deaths suffered on the roads, cars are involved in 70% of the fatal accidents reported across the nation. Trucks are involved in almost 20% while motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians represent only 11% of traffic related deaths combined. Many of the accidents reported on a routine basis are entirely preventable, making associated deaths even more needless.

Factors such as driver distraction, fatigue and impairment are linked to a majority of these collisions and it is a shame for so many families to lose loved ones because other drivers refuse to act in a responsible manner. If a car accident has deprived a family of a breadwinner, that family has every right to pursue legal action through whatever avenues are available in order to replace the financial contributions the person made to the family and to account for the emotional pain and suffering felt by the deceased’s spouse, children or parents.

Evaluating the Value of Wrongful Death Claims

Unfortunately, the death of a loved one alone will not suffice when assembling a wrongful death claim. There needs to be an actual financial impact on the family which needs to be made right through the reclamation of compensation from the guilty party. Following are the financial impacts our Chicago car accident lawyers consider when preparing wrongful death lawsuits.

  • The cost of a funeral or memorial. Funerals can be a financial burden on families enduring a sudden and unexpected loss. The average cost for funeral services is over $7,000 in the United States now, with costs easily exceeding $10,000 depending on the type of service, headstone and cemetery. These costs should not be the responsibility of the bereaved when their loved one died due to the negligence of an irresponsible driver.

  • Loss of income. Most American families depend on two incomes to survive now and the loss of a breadwinner can threaten the surviving spouse’s ability to make ends meet. When seeking compensation, the deceased’s income and potential income growth over the rest of his or her career are to be considered.

  • Loss of consortium. This is the legal term for the loss of companionship, romance or platonic relationship with the deceased. Grief and emotional anguish over losing someone who was loved, respected and an important part of one’s life can be considered pain and suffering from a legal standpoint.

Insurance companies may refuse to honor their agreements to cover certain expenses in a wrongful death claim or coverage limits may force victims’ families to seek restitution by other means. It is important to evaluate all of the avenues you can take with an experienced attorney so that you know which actions are most likely to return positive results. In addition to taking the guilty party’s insurance to court, you may be able to recover compensation from your own insurance policies to cover gaps that the other person’s insurance will not. You may also be able to file a lawsuit directly against the person responsible for your loved one’s death.

We Will Review Your Claim for Free

If you have any questions regarding your rights or how to proceed with a wrongful death claim following the loss of a loved one, we would like to invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified and experienced attorneys. We will take the time to investigate the scene of the accident, review your loved one’s medical record and reconstruct the events responsible for his or her death so that we can advise the best course of action.

Our case evaluations are completely free of charge and you are not required to make any commitments at the time of your case review.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provides award winning legal services to thousands of people in the Chicago area and we are confident that we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. This is why we guarantee that we will secure damages on your behalf, or provide our services completely free of charge. Contact us today to speak with a Chicago wrongful death car accident attorney today so that we can get to work for you right away.

Here is some more general information regarding wrongful deaths and car accidents:

VEHICLES INVOLVED:
  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 70%
  • 19%
  • 5%
  • 4%
  • 2%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:
  • Rear-End
  • Lane Departure
  • Head-On
  • Rollover
  • Sideswipe
  • 18%
  • 71%
  • 8%
  • 2%
  • 1%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES): California
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
28%
20%
3%
5%
9%
9%
9%
10%
7%

Florida
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
24%
18%
11%
4%
9%
10%
10%
7%
7%

Missouri
Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
33%
50%
5%
4%
2%
2%
2%
1%
1%

New York
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
33%
12%
12%
7%
8%
8%
12%
5%
3%

New Jersey
Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
42%
19%
6%
6%
12%
6%
4%
3%
0%

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