A wrongful death is when a fatality occurs as a result of someone else’s careless or negligent actions. When this happens, it is only right that the deceased person’s family receives proper compensation for their losses. Here are some of the most common causes of wrongful death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that about 40,000 people die from automobile accidents each year, accounting for a high percentage of wrongful death claims. Typically, the negligence ties into disobeying traffic rules such as speed limits or right of way rules. The surviving family members file claims to get compensation from party that was at fault.
Medical professionals all have a duty to provide the best care possible to their patients. When this duty is breached and a careless medical mistake is made, it can lead to injuries and even wrongful death. Medical malpractice can be anything from surgical errors to failing to diagnose a patient, directly leading to their injury or death.
Dangerous work environments can put employees at risk of getting injured. Jobs involving construction or working around harsh chemicals are prime environments for injuries to occur. If a workplace accident leads to a fatality, this can be considered wrongful death if it was something that could have been prevented with better precautions.
Commercial Truck Accidents
When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, it can be a lot more dangerous than a standard vehicle. The risk of fatality becomes a lot higher when dealing with a truck that size. A lot of times, when wrongful death occurs as the result of a truck accident, the trucking company itself can be held legally responsible for the damages if they didn’t follow regulations regarding things like proper driving hours, correctly loading the truck, or weight limits.
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