Losing a loved one in a car accident is never expected. In addition to the trauma a family experiences after the sudden loss, they may also be left with heavy financial burdens due to medical bills and funeral expenses, as well as the loss of income the deceased would have contributed. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand that money may be the last thing on your mind following the death of a family member. The St. Louis wrongful death attorneys from The Cagle Law Firm will handle your claim with compassion and respect and work toward getting the compensation your family needs to move forward.
Missouri Fatal Crash Statistics
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, 761 people died in fatal crashes in 2014. Alcohol and or other drugs were found to be significant contributing factors in 26.7% of fatal crashes. Speeding was a factor for 17.4% of the fatal crashes. Aggressive driving-too fast for conditions contributed to 24% of the fatal crashes. Additionally, commercial motor vehicles were involved in a significant number of accidents and accounted for 14.5% of fatal crashes.
Wearing a seat belt remains the most effective way to prevent injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. Even though MODOT statistics show that 32.6% of drivers and 30.3% of passengers killed in 2011 Missouri traffic crashes were wearing seat belts, 97.5% of drivers involved in accidents while wearing a seatbelt survived without injury.
What is the Difference Between a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and a Survival Action?
Following a fatal motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another, family members may be able to bring a wrongful death suit and survival action against the responsible parties. A survival action is a type of lawsuit meant to recover damages the deceased would have been able to obtain had he or she survived. These damages include medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident and the pain experienced as a result of the injuries. Wrongful death claims are intended to compensate the family of the deceased for their losses as a result of the death. These damages include income that would have been provided by the deceased and loss of companionship and consortium.
How Can The Cagle Law Firm Prove Negligence After a Fatal Crash?
It is unfortunate that the burden of proving negligence is placed on a grieving family. An experienced attorney can shoulder this burden for you and collect the evidence needed to show that negligence may have been the direct cause of your loved ones’ death. Such evidence can include witness statements, traffic or security camera footage, police reports, and more. We have the resources and knowledge to complete a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the accident in order to determine the cause and responsible parties. We may employ an expert accident reconstructionist to measure skid marks, perform situational analysis and review damage caused to the vehicles and other objects at the scene. Any evidence found in your favor increases the chance of success.
St. Louis Fatal Accident Attorneys
An experienced and understanding St. Louis fatal car accident lawyer from The Cagle Law Firm can help you recover damages following the death of a loved one. Contact us at (314) 276-1681 or (314) 276-1681 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney.