Hopefully, you have read about our 5-step process to determine the approximate value of your car accident case. If not, read it here: WHAT IS MY CAR ACCIDENT CASE WORTH?
However, if someone you know was killed in a car accident, there are some specific things to remember about the subsequent wrongful death lawsuit that might affect that analysis.
- In 2013, there were over 30,000 crashes that resulted in roughly the same number of deaths.
- There are roughly 1 deaths for every 10,000 car passengers/drivers.
- Illinois car fatalities numbers were slightly lower than the national average at a little over 7.5 deaths for every 100,000 passengers and drivers.
These numbers outline the broad borders of wrongful death cases with car accidents but they do not describe the internal dynamics within them. To that point, more than any other car accident case type, wrongful death actions represent the largest source of non-economic damages. Kinds of non-economic damages available normally include loss of services, loss of companionship, loss of support, and other injuries felt by those closest to the decedent.
These unique forms of damages make up for the fact that the victim is not around to make economic loss arguments. However, the size and scope of recovery available to relatives of decedents in car accidents are staggering and the leeway given to plaintiffs’ attorneys to argue for compensation for lost loved ones is extraordinary.
Therefore, when looking at our traditional approach to estimating the value of your car accident, you need to realize that non-economic damages will make up the bulk of recovery with wrongful death actions.
To learn more about wrongful death lawsuits, look at our FAQ's here.