Legal Options Involving a Fatal Car Accident in Ohio
A fatal car accident caused by someone else’s negligence is one of the most devastating tragedies a family can experience. A loved one is taken from your life in an instant, and you’re left with the grief and the knowledge that your family member’s death could have been prevented. If you’ve lost someone in a car accident, call an Ohio wrongful death lawyer immediately.
Fatal Car Accidents
In addition to the heartache of your loss, you may be coping with enormous financial stress as you wrestle with insurance policies and settling your loved one’s affairs. You may be overwhelmed by funeral costs and other expenses while also wondering how your family is going to get by without your loved one’s income.
In Ohio, when you lose a family member to a fatal car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a right to compensation for your loss through a wrongful death claim.
Through a wrongful death case, you may be able to obtain compensation for:
- Funeral, burial, or cremation expenses
- Loss of your family member’s financial contributions
- Loss of your family member’s companionship and society
- Loss of your family member’s services
- Loss of potential inheritance from your family member
- Mental anguish
The Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help with your wrongful death case. Our team of compassionate and skilled lawyers is dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation that can help you rebuild your life after the tragic loss of a family member. Although money won’t bring back your family member, it may help secure your family’s financial future in the wake of your loss and help hold the responsible party accountable for causing your family member’s death.
Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation about your case. We’ll explain your legal options and how Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you.
Causes of Fatal Car Accidents
Nearly all car accidents come down to a single factor — negligent behavior on the part of another driver. Drivers who are tired, impaired, or distracted can all make terrible mistakes that can lead to another driver’s death.
In rare instances, mechanical issues can also be a factor in fatal car crashes if a car has been poorly maintained or has inadequate safety equipment, such as burned out headlights. Road conditions, weather conditions and driver behavior can also cause fatal accidents on Ohio’s roads and highways if drivers behave aggressively, drive too fast, or fail to account for poor road conditions.
What Happens When a Car Accident Leads to a Wrongful Death
Realizing that a loved one won’t be coming home because a car accident claimed their life is a horrific experience for a family. The last thing you want to do is deal with an insurance claim.
When you’re dealing with the emotional trauma of losing a family member, it’s best to allow a skilled professional to negotiate on your behalf so that your best interests are protected. Typically, when an insurance company is notified about a fatal accident, the company moves quickly to hire investigators, attorneys, and other professionals to mount a defense.
Insurance companies may try to take advantage of your grief by offering you a settlement for less than your claim is worth. Their employees often are trained to encourage you to accept a quick settlement so the company is only required to pay as little as possible.
The Ohio wrongful death attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are skilled at fighting on your behalf to get the best possible outcome for your wrongful death case. Many of our attorneys worked in the insurance industry or defending insurance companies before joining KNR. That means we have an insider’s perspective on how insurance companies handle fatal car accident claims and know how to build the strongest case on your behalf.
Ohio Wrongful Death Beneficiaries
In Ohio, only specific people can file or benefit from a wrongful death claim. A lawsuit must be filed by the deceased person’s personal representative on behalf of the decedent’s:
- Surviving spouse
- Other next of kin
If you obtain compensation for your wrongful death case, the money typically is split between your loved one’s legal beneficiaries.
Contact Our Ohio Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW if you have lost a loved one due to an accident and would like to arrange a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers. We have the experience necessary to handle complex wrongful death claims and to give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing an accomplished advocate is working for you.
Our attorneys are known as aggressive litigators who will not be pushed around by large insurance carriers that try to limit the compensation paid in a wrongful death claim. These companies know that we have the time, skill, and experience necessary to take these cases to trial. We fight to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve and that will help you move forward with your life after losing a loved one to a car crash.
We are conscious of the difficult situation you face following the loss of a loved one, so we offer no fees unless you recover compensation for your case.
One call does it all. Call Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW or use our online contact form to schedule your free consultation today. We’ll explain your legal options and how our Ohio wrongful death lawyers can help with your case.