Lafayette, Louisiana, residents would agree that dealing with the loss of a loved one is probably one of the most difficult times in any person’s life. Accepting this reality becomes more difficult if that loved one’s death was due to negligence of another individual or entity. Moreover, if that loved one was a major wage earner for the family, the loss is compounded by the financial strain that a family is likely to experience as a result of the death.
One major cause of fatalities in Louisiana and the United States is accidents involving motor vehicles of all types. Many accidents are the result of speeding, recklessness or aggressive driving, impaired driving and disregard of traffic laws. These irresponsible actions can lead to various types of accidents, such as rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions, sideswipe collisions, vehicle rollovers and head-on collisions. Unfortunately, irrespective of type, every crash has the potential to claim lives.
A negligent driver may not realize that his or her irresponsible behavior has the potential to wreak havoc on an otherwise peaceful life of an innocent victim and his or her family. So, what options do the survivors of a deceased victim have in such situations? One option is to seek monetary compensation from the negligent party who caused the wrongful death. The money received from a wrongful death lawsuit can cover a number of expenses, such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and any pain and suffering prior to death.
Although monetary compensation can never fill the void created by a loved one’s death, it can still help survivors address the daily concerns of utility and grocery bills, as well as future expenses such as college expenses for children. Therefore, survivors should seriously consider speaking with an experienced attorney if they have lost a loved one, in hopes of resolving some of their difficulties.