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What are most common causes of wrongful death car accidents?

When a driver is behind the wheel, his or her primary responsibility is to focus on the task at hand. This includes the safe operation of the vehicle and adherence to the rules of the road. However, many drivers do not take that responsibility seriously, and they may act in ways that needlessly endanger everyone on the road. There are times when these choices cause serious accidents, including fatal crashes.

A fatality that is the result of a car accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person could be considered a wrongful death. There are many factors that may contribute to a wrongful death event, but those left behind have the right to seek recovery and compensation. A grieving family often has unexpected financial loss and other complications, and the civil justice system provides a way for these families to move forward.

Preventable losses of life

Sadly, many fatal car accidents are preventable, and the number of serious and fatal car accidents continues to rise. Estimates suggest that over 42,000 people died in car accidents in 2021 alone, marking a 16-year high. For people ages 1 through 54, car crashes are the leading cause of death. Some of the most common contributors to fatal car accidents include the following:

  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Distracted driving due to phone use and other factors
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

When drivers and passengers are not wearing seatbelts, it is also more likely that a crash will result in serious or fatal injuries. Simple actions, such as driving the speed limit, putting phones away, minimizing distractions, obeying road signs and adjusting driving to current conditions can help prevent accidents and make Georgia roads safer for everyone.

The rights of loved ones

The unexpected loss of a loved one can be tragic for the entire family. If you and your loved ones are picking up the pieces after losing a family member in a preventable accident, you may have grounds to pursue recovery through a wrongful death claim. While this cannot reverse what you experienced, it can allow you to address some of the financial losses you experienced because of the accident. You may also be able to pursue damages for loss of income, companionship and more.