Losing a loved one in a vehicle accident is an unexpected and tragic event. Families in these situations need answers, particularly if the negligence of another driver caused the crash. At The Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman, we are here to help if you need a Ventura County fatal car accident attorney. Our compassionate team has the resources necessary to handle every aspect of these cases, including investigating exactly what happened and negotiating with aggressive insurance carriers. We want to help families secure the closure and compensation they need.
Who can file for wrongful death after a Ventura County fatal car accident?
California allows various individuals to file for wrongful death in the state’s civil court. This includes:
- The spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
- The children of the deceased
- The grandchildren of the deceased
In the event there is no surviving person in the deceased’s line of descent, the wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by any person who would have been entitled to the property of the deceased through the typical intestate succession process. This can include the parents or siblings of the deceased. State law also allows any person who can show they were financially dependent on the deceased to bring these claims in the event there are no survivors in the line of descent.
It is crucial to point out that all wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the deceased’s death. If a wrongful death lawsuit is not filed by the family members within this two-year timeframe, they will most likely lose their right to file a lawsuit at all. There will be no way to recover compensation.
Fatal accidents do occur with regularity
When we look at data available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, we can see that there were 3,606 total traffic fatalities across the state during the latest reporting year.
Unfortunately, these incidents are often caused by the careless or negligent actions of other drivers on the roadway. In fact, one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in California during the latest reporting year was alcohol-impaired driving, which led to 949 total deaths. There were 1,066 total speed-related fatalities that same year.
Additionally, we do want to point out that it is not just passenger vehicle drivers who sustain fatalities as a result of traffic crashes. There were also 474 motorcyclist fatalities, 972 pedestrian fatalities, and 133 bicyclist fatalities during the same year mentioned above.
Call a Ventura County fatal car accident lawyer today
If you have lost someone you love in a car accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver in Ventura County, contact the team at The Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman for help today. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate these claims so we can secure any compensation grieving families are entitled to. When you need a Ventura County fatal car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 805-983-2344.