A fatal car accident refers to an event where your family member or loved one passes away due to a car accident that was someone else’s fault. Losing a family member in a fatal car accident can is one of the most tragic and traumatic experiences one can go through.
We at the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter understand the difficulties you can face in such dire situations. We can help you claim the compensation you and your family deserve for the irreparable loss you have suffered.
Our team of attorneys handles fatal car accident claims and will help you get the answers you deserve, including the cause of the fatal car accident and the party at fault .
While coping with the trauma and grief of your loss, the financial implications on your family will also be on your mind. We at the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter can help you claim compensation for fatal car accidents to ensure that you and your loved ones have enough money to get through such difficult times.
Fatal Car Accidents and Pennsylvania Law
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations that is applicable to fatal car accident cases. This means there a set time period in which the deceased family members may bring a lawsuit.
If you miss this stated deadline and then try to file a case, the Judge will most certainly dismiss your case. However, there are certain rare exceptions applicable to extend this deadline.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations affecting the fatal car accident lawsuit is the same as personal injury lawsuits.
Title 42, Pennsylvania Code, Section 5524 states that if the family of the deceased wishes to recover damages for the death of a loved one caused by someone else’s neglect, unlawful violence, or wrongful act, they can file a lawsuit within two years.
To explain it further, when a fatal car accident occurs, and anyone is injured and killed, including the driver, passenger, bicyclist, motorcycle rider, or pedestrian, you must file a lawsuit within two (2) years.
When does this clock start ticking? That is, when does the time of your statute of limitations start? This is crucial to understand because in general personal injury claims, the date of the accident matters, and the statute of limitation time begins from that date onward.
However, in fatal car accident claims, the statute of limitation time frame starts from the date of a victim’s death rather than the date of the accident. This means that if you lost a family member in a fatal car accident due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, then you will have two years from the date of their death to file a lawsuit against the person at fault.
From a legal strategy standpoint, it is wise to leave yourself ample time to file a claim, even if you feel confident that a car insurance settlement will resolve your case. This can also give you leverage during the insurance claim negotiations when the accused party is aware that you always have another option: to take them to court for a hefty lawsuit.
Are you approaching the deadline to file a lawsuit for the death of a loved one in a fatal car accident? If so, it may be the right time to discuss your situation with an experienced fatal car accident attorney at the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter.
What Does Fatal Car Accidents Compensation Cover
If you lost a loved one due to a fatal car accident, the compensation may cover:
- Pain and suffering the deceased could have experienced prior to death;
- Medical bills;
- Funeral costs; and
- Loss of income and other benefits to the deceased’s family, such as pension, income, etc.
Does Insurance Help?
In most states, every person driving a car must have valid car insurance at all times for situations like these. Suppose someone else was at fault to cause a fatal car accident. In that case, an adequate insurance policy will take care of most of the expenses pertaining to the injury and damages to your family.
Expenses may include medical bills as well as any other damages according to the accused party’s insurance provider and coverage. In case they fail to cover all the damages, you always have the option to pursue the difference via filing a lawsuit against the person who caused the death.
In case the person at fault does not have a valid driver’s insurance policy or sufficient insurance coverage to pay for the claim, the driver at fault may be personally liable for any medical bills and damages pertaining to the deceased’s injuries and death. Therefore, to get the compensation you deserve, it is best to seek professional assistance from the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter.
Why Do You Need an Attorney
A fatal car accident is a traumatic event in which someone else’s carelessness caused your loved one to lose their life. Compensation can never repay or replace your loss, but it can help you cope with hardships a little better.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter understand the trauma you are experiencing from the death of a loved one. We believe you should not be forced to handle your loved one’s untimely death alone. Therefore, our attorneys work to lessen the overwhelming impact while offering you support and a friendly helping hand.
Whether your deceased loved one was a cyclist, passenger, driver, or pedestrian, we can help you make a strong case when you file a fatal car accident lawsuit against the party at fault. We will also ensure that you receive enough compensation to rebuild your and your family’s lives.
After all, you and your family deserve a sense of future stability and financial security after losing the love, support, and companionship of the deceased.
Let the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter Help You
If you have lost a family member in a fatal car accident in the last two years, we at the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter can help.
Our experienced attorneys will work with you to carefully determine the compensation you need based upon the financial and emotional costs of your loss, including medical bills, funeral expenses, grief, pain, and suffering. Your attorney will also explain what you need to know and how we plan to move forward.
Call us today to discuss your case in full confidentiality.
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