Wrongful Death: Fatal Cause And Effect In Personal Injury Law

Daren Brown
By Daren Brown | March 21, 2019
Wrongful Death: Fatal Cause And Effect In Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law cases run the gamut between life-altering injuries and life-ending ones. If you believe you have a wrongful death case, you should contact a reputable, experienced personal injury lawyer. When an accident turns fatal, it's hard to keep a clear head and emotions out. That's why it's best to allow a lawyer to guide you during this tragic time. As difficult as it is to look at, the latter part of that equation will be the focus of this article. 

In the first part of this article, we provided an overview of personal injury law and vehicular fatalities. The second part of this article will give you an in-depth look into work-related fatalities. Our goal is to provide information that helps surviving loved ones, and we want to make sure the rights of the families are made very clear.

What Falls Under Wrongful Death?

There are many things that can lead to wrongful death and fatality cases in personal injury law. The list includes:

By no means is this a complete list, but we thought it best to narrow down the list to four main focus areas.

They are:

  1. Car accidents
  2. Trucking accidents
  3. Railroad accidents
  4. Explosions

We'll take a brief look at each cause, and the rights and damages afforded to personal injury law.

Cause #1: Car accidents: This is by far the most common cause of death in personal injury law. Inattentive driving and driving under the influence of alcohol are responsible for more than 42,000 deaths a year nationwide. Punishment in these cases ranges from community service with substance abuse counseling to imprisonment. The outcome depends on the circumstances surrounding the case, but families may be entitled to damages beyond court fees, fines, and medical or funeral expenses.

Cause #2: Trucking accidents: Although demonstrably lower than motor vehicle accidents, the death rate associated with trucking accidents totals more than 5,000 a year with over 60,000 injuries reported. Injuries sustained in these accidents can result in long-term life support for loved ones in extensive mental anguish and suffering for their families. These cases often involve not only insurance companies, but also the interests and liability of trucking companies. The best interests of the victim and family should be of paramount concern in personal injury law.

Cause #3: Railroad crossing accidents:  With the rise in the need for transportation of fuel, goods and other materials, more and more companies are using trains to transport these materials from point A to point B.  As a result of the increase in trains for transportation, more people are sustaining injuries or dying in train accidents annually. Out of the 3,000 accidents reported per year, one third of them are fatal. Once again, you face not only representation from the railroad company, but the possibility of countersuits and legal slowdowns from residents near the accident site.

Cause #4: Explosions: Industrial accidents are also on the rise, causing more than 2,500 deaths annually. There are so many variables in these types of personal injury law cases that we recommend not moving forward without securing experienced representation first.

From reparations to survivor benefits to a wrongful death lawsuit, the personal injury attorneys at Amarillo law firm Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. can not only represent victims and their families, but this personal injury law firm will also work to get everyone on the road to emotional and financial recovery. You can put your trust in the attorneys at Stockard, Johnston & Brown.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Vehicular Accidents