Why You Need A Lawyer After A Fatal Accident In Washington, D.C.

Despite fewer drivers being on the road during 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, estimates that 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2020—the largest projected number of fatalities since 2007. This is 7.2% higher than the total traffic fatalties in 2019. Unfortunately, there is no question that roads and highways are becoming increasingly dangerous as more and more aggressive, drunk, and distracted drivers are on the road. 

But what can you do after a serious car accident results in the loss of a loved one? 

First, it's important to understand that there are different types of legal damages available after a fatal traffic accident.  The damages a victim's family is entitled to depends on a number of factors, such as where the accident occurred (DC, Maryland, or Virginia) as each state has varying laws governing recoveries for traffic fatalities.

Undertstanding Legal Damages After A Fatal Car Accident 

An experienced attorney will explain the differences and any choices you may have to maximize the financial recovery for you and your family. This could include damages for the deceased's pain and suffering, the expenses of medical treatment, the lost future income that they would have earned over their lifetime, loss of consortium for the surviving spouse, and grief for the family members left behind. The first step any knowledgable attorney will take is to start a thorough and professional investigation into the crash itself in order to prove that the other driver was legally responsible.

At Donahoe Kearney, we not only investigate the crash, but also all of the parties involved to determine the maximum amount of benefits your family is entitled to. Here are some common factors in a case that may effect the amount of damages available to you: 

  • The other driver was at fault and was driving a company vehicle and their employer has a higher insurance coverage than a typical individual 
  • Your family member was on the job at the time of the fatal accident and you may be entitled to additional workers compensation survival benefits.
  • If your loved one initially survived the crash, but later passed away in a hospital or under a doctor's care. 
  • There also may be additional employment benefits, life insurance, or Social Security benefits available to you and your family. 

These are all examples of the complexities that your family will have to navigate after a fatal car accident. Don't let the insurance company take advatange of you while you're still grieving the loss of a loved one and dealing with the financial stress of what to do next. 

Discuss Your Case With An Experienced Accident Attorney Today

Our firm is dedicated to helping people through difficult times and the stress of dealing with a death in the family. Our experienced car accident team is ready to help you stand up to the insurance company and we'll keep you updated every step of the way.

Call us today at 202-393-3320 to learn more about your options after a fatal car crash in the DMV. The call is free, confidential, and there is no obligation. 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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