Losing a loved one is often one of the most painful things that one has to experience in life. Knowing that your loved one’s life was cut short, however, because of another person’s recklessness or lack of care is even worse. When a preventable accident causes the death of a loved one, those who are responsible must be held accountable—and you may have grounds to do so through a wrongful death claim.
According to a local news report, a major head-on car collision in Ottawa County left a woman dead. A Ford Edge was attempting to pass another vehicle when it crashed head-on with a Honda CRV. Local authorities responded to reports of a head-on crash, and when they arrived on the scene, the driver of the Honda CRV was pinned in her car. The driver of the Ford Edge sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the Honda CRV also had critical injuries and had to be freed from her car by the local Fire Rescue. She later died from her injuries at the hospital. The accident remains under investigation.
In Michigan, there are several criteria that one must meet before being eligible to file a wrongful death claim. As a threshold matter, to file a wrongful death lawsuit, a loved one must have been killed because of another party’s negligence. For potential plaintiffs, you must be able to prove that if the negligent or careless action had not taken place, your loved one would still be alive.
In addition, not everyone is able to collect damages from a wrongful death lawsuit under Michigan law. Under Michigan’s wrongful death statute, personal representatives of the decedent’s estate can file the wrongful death claim, and only certain members of the deceased’s family can claim compensation. In Michigan, the spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, spouse’s children, and anyone who was left the property in the will of the deceased are eligible to claim damages.
Although nothing can bring back your loved one following an accident, there is recourse available through a wrongful death lawsuit. By filing such a claim, the damages you recover can help you move towards healing, hold those who were responsible for your loved one’s death accountable under the law, and provide monetary support moving forward for funeral and burial expenses. In addition, when our loved ones leave us too soon, losing them may also mean losing a primary source of financial support and income for some families. In these cases, a wrongful death suit can assist in ensuring that the financial void is filled, and your family’s immediate needs are met.
Do You Need a Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney?
If someone you love was recently killed in a Michigan car accident involving another’s negligence or recklessness, contact the attorneys at the Neumann Law Group. We have worked with clients on all types of personal injury claims and are committed to seeking justice on behalf of accident victims in Michigan and beyond. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team today, contact us at 800-525-6386.