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Car Accident That Could Become Wrongful Death

What Happened

On Sept. 1, 2020, on Highway 140, Dodge Durango with Robert Beers, 51, is driving E. It leaves the road and rolls several times. Both the driver and an unnamed passenger died.

Third Party Passenger Wrongful Death Claims

When your loved one is a passenger in a vehicle and died in a car accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Talk to the wrongful death lawyer right away. If the driver died, you can file a wrongful death claim against his estate. When your attorney can prove that the driver’s action contributed to your loved one’s death, the deceased’s estate may have to pay for your damages. They might include pain and suffering, funeral costs, burial costs, future lost wages of your loved one, etc. In addition, if your loved one owned a car with auto insurance or lived with an adult relative who owned a vehicle, that insurance policy may cover your loved one. It is possible your attorney could file a claim against that policy as well as the policy that covers the liable driver.

Proving Liability in Third Party Passenger Lawsuits

For the deceased passenger’s family to receive compensation for their devastating loss, it is necessary to prove that the driver was negligent. Wrongful death personal injury attorney in Oregon will conduct an accident investigation to determine what led to the wrongful death accident.

Some of the common reasons for a driver to lose control of a vehicle and cause a fatal crash include falling asleep, texting and driving, not watching the road, eating, drinking, changing the radio, talking to passengers, etc.

What Wrongful Death Lawyers Will Do

Your attorney will do a thorough investigation to determine if the driver was negligent. In some cases, there could be a mechanical failure with the vehicle, such as a blown tire, that caused the crash. At that point, it is possible that the manufacturer of the defective part could be sued, as well. Wrongful death attorney would need to investigate whether the part failed because of a manufacturing error, poor design, or simply poor maintenance on the part of the driver. In addition, some states allow you to sue a bar or person who overserved the driver. Your attorney will examine what driver’s blood-alcohol level was at the time of the accident.

Important To Investigate

Another thing to investigate in these crashes is if the driver was working at the time of the incident. If he was on the “clock” and caused a fatal accident, the company might be held responsible. Companies are required to have higher liability insurance than private individuals.

What To Do Next

These cases are often complex, and you need the skilled attorneys at Herron Law Firm to investigate the crash.

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