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What wrongful death means in car accidents

Consider the basics of driving: people operating powerful, heavy vehicles capable of exceeding 100 miles per hour on stretches of asphalt where numerous vehicles are in close proximity to each other. It would be more terrifying if it weren't so normal.

Now consider all of the things that make driving even more dangerous than it already is. People can drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They can check their phones, send tweets, and fire off texts in short order. They can fall asleep because they are tired, or they could get lost in thought during a long drive. All of these behaviors and actions can lead to a fatal car accident.

Tens of thousands of people lose their lives every year due to motor vehicle accidents. From the fallout comes anger, sadness, and a need for justice. The loved ones of the deceased victim may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person at fault for the crash, but if they do so, they must make sure that their lawsuit is compliant with their state's laws and that it meets evidentiary thresholds.

What do we mean by that? Well, in general, a wrongful death lawsuit must be supported by some key points. Someone must have died as a result of someone's negligence or reckless out on the road, and they must deemed officially at fault for the accident. The loss of life must have caused monetary damages to the victim's family, loved ones, or other dependents and beneficiaries.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death in a Car Accident," Accessed Oct. 3, 2017

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