When the loss of a loved one occurs suddenly, many questions may need to be answered. Decisions regarding funeral arrangements may be a top priority, but choices regarding legal action may also take precedent as well. Individuals who lose a loved one in a car accident can face considerable emotional and monetary losses, and filing a wrongful death claim against the party considered responsible could be a valuable option to consider.
Speed, distraction, impairment and many other factors can play a role in a car accident. It is up to the authorities to determine which, if any, of these conditions may have contributed to an accident and whether charges are appropriate for the situation. If a driver is believed to have been impaired at the time of a fatal accident, that driver could face criminal charges, and family members of the victim may wish to file a civil case for monetary and/or emotional losses.