There are few worse moments in a person’s life than when a phone call arrives that a loved one has died in a car accident. The shock and sadness are enough to overwhelm even the toughest person, and the grief that follows can be all-encompassing. The fatal accident attorneys at The Kryder Law Group, LLC have helped many families through the trying ordeal of having a loved fatally injured in an auto accident.
While we understand that monetary compensation cannot bring your loved one back, we can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent actions. At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we fight hard for our clients. We also do everything in our power to make the weeks and months following a fatal accident involving a loved one as calm and stress-free as possible.
As you work through the stages of grief and the healing process, we will handle all the legal paperwork on your behalf so that you do not have to be bothered with it. If you ever have questions or concerns, we are always eager to hear from you. We offer a free consultation and never collect any attorney’s fees until the successful resolution of your case. To speak with a Joliet fatal accident lawyer today, call us at (312) 223-1700.
Holding a Driver Accountable for a Deadly Accident
It is rare that a driver takes to the road with the intention of hurting or killing another motorist. Yet, anyone who gets behind the wheel has an implied duty of care to watch out for other motorists on the road and uphold their safety. If they violate this duty, for whatever reason, lives could be put on the line. When drivers whose careless, reckless, or negligent actions lead to someone else’s death, they should be held accountable.
If your case is successful, you may be able to recover the cost of the following items from the at-fault party and their insurer:
- End of life costs, including medical bills
- Funeral, burial, and memorial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household benefits and parental guidance
- Loss of inheritance
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we hold negligent drivers accountable and help survivors get closure for the death of their loved one in the form of a wrongful death settlement agreement or court award. To learn more about how we can accomplish this goal, reach out to us today by calling (312) 223-1700.
Forms of Negligence or Carelessness in Fatal Accidents
Fatal car accidents in which both motorists were engaged in careful and defensive driving are rare. More often, when a deadly car crash happens, it is because one driver was negligent or careless. We can investigate your loved one’s accident to determine exactly what caused it and who was at fault. If the other driver was careless, we can prove your case with evidence and pursue a wrongful death claim.
Some circumstances that may have contributed to your loved one’s passing include:
Reckless driving is a step beyond careless driving. A reckless driver engages in behavior they know is dangerous and has the potential to harm others. Examples of reckless driving include running red lights or stop signs, aggressively tailgating or weaving, and excessive speeding.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
If the other driver in the accident that killed your loved one was drunk or under the influence of any intoxicating substance (even a legal one), we can use this element to hold them liable for your loved one’s death. Even if the state presses charges against the negligent driver, you still have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Distracted driving includes any situation where a driver’s eyes or mind are not focused on the road to the extent they should be. Many people associate distracted driving with texting and other smartphone use, but a driver may also be distracted by activities such as eating, shaving, grooming, interacting with passengers, or disciplining children.
Sometimes it is not reckless or even careless behavior that leads to a fatal wreck but an honest mistake. Perhaps something happens on the other side of the road that compels a person to look away for a split second, and in that tiny interval of time, the driver fails to prevent a collision.
Even when the traffic accident that took your loved one’s life was an honest mistake, you still have the right to pursue compensation for your losses.
Eligibility for Wrongful Death Benefits
740 ILCS 180/2 outlines who has the right to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a decedent. If you are “the surviving spouse or next of kin,” you may be eligible to take legal action in this form of litigation. You may also be able to pursue litigation if you are a representative of the decedent’s estate.
The state of Illinois also places a statute of limitations on the amount of time you have to take a wrongful death claim to court. Under the same civil statute, you generally have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to pursue litigation.
Depending on several complex legal stipulations, you may be eligible for compensation even if you are not a close family member or act within the state’s deadlines. You should consider speaking with a fatal accident attorney about your eligibility to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible motorist.
Contact a Joliet Fatal Accident Lawyer to Get Started Today
Our dedicated attorneys are ready to get started on your case today.
To promote your case’s success, some of the actions we can perform on your behalf include:
- Filing your case to the appropriate courts and offices
- Investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s passing
- Getting expert opinions from medical professionals and accident reconstruction specialists
- Compiling evidence to support your wrongful death case
- Keeping you updated on the progression of your case
- Negotiating with the involved parties for a fair settlement
- Advocating for your legal rights
- Taking your case to court, if necessary
You can share your story with us during your free consultation. To get started, call The Kryder Law Group, LLC today at (312) 223-1700.