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Finding the responsible party in a wrongful death claim

| Nov 6, 2015 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Losing a loved one in a car accident can be devastating. Here at Pryor Priest and Harber, our staff has found that in the process of finding some form of closure, people often need the answer to the question, why? Finding the exact cause for the accident not only provides them with some peace of mind but it can help them determine who should be held accountable.

At first glance, a car accident that results in the death of a person can appear pretty straightforward. Often it may be assumed that the other driver is to blame in collisions where speed or traveling over the lane is a factor. However, it is important to delve deeper into the information surrounding the case. This includes finding answers to the following questions:

  •          Was the driver on some sort of medication?
  •          Was the vehicle that caused the accident under a manufacturer recall?
  •          Was there something wrong mechanically with the vehicle?
  •          Were the tires defective?

If the other vehicle involved was a tractor trailer or some type of commercial truck, then there are additional questions that may need to be answered. For example, it may be important to look at the last time the vehicle was serviced or the policies that the company instills on its drivers. In cases involving the use of legal prescriptions, evaluating how the product was labeled may be a good idea. Perhaps a driver was on a prescription that made the driver drowsy but there was no warning of driving while taking it. Maybe the doctor made a mistake and prescribed a dose that was too high or even wrote the wrong medication down?

Finding the real cause of why a loved one died in a car accident is just the first step. To learn more, please visit our website.

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