Seattle Car Accident Wrongful Death FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions, Answered by a Washington Fatal Auto Accident Attorney
Losing a loved one in a car accident is a difficult thing, emotionally, mentally, and financially. What makes such loss even harder is when it could have been prevented. Operating a motor vehicle is a great responsibility with possibly dangerous results if proper care is not taken. Drivers who ignore safe driving habits may end up injuring or possibly killing a fellow driver, pedestrian, or passenger. If you’ve lost a relative, spouse, or partner in an auto accident in Washington, please contact the experienced and compassionate Seattle wrongful death attorneys at Pendergast Law to find out what recourse may be available to you. At such a difficult time in your life, it is vital that you seek competent legal advice. Call (888) 228-3860 for a free, comprehensive consultation.
A: In the State of Washington, "wrongful death" is when "the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another." This doesn’t mean that every accident that occurs can be considered a case of wrongful death. In order to prove such a claim, surviving family members and their legal team would need to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent in their behavior and disregarded basic standards of safety.
A: In Washington State, anyone of the following individuals may file a wrongful death claim:
- The spouse or partner of the victim
- The children and step children of the victim
- The parents and siblings of the victim
- A representative of the victim’s estate
A: Whomever the negligent party or parties are that caused or contributed to the fatality can be held accountable.
A: The damages may include, but are not limited to:
- All economic damages, such as medical bills and funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship and care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and income of the victim
- Damages to property
- For children and step children, loss of instruction and guidance, as well as loss of companionship and pain and suffering
A: In the state of Washington, a wrongful death claim must be filed within three years of the date of the death. For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney immediately.
A: The first step is consulting a competent attorney with expertise in the area of wrongful death law. The Seattle law firm of Pendergast Law has years of experience with Washington wrongful death claims. Our Seattle wrongful death car accident lawyers are compassionate and understanding, and will work diligently for the best outcome possible. For a free consultation, call (888) 228-3860 today.
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