You may believe every driver takes the appropriate precautions to protect other motorists and pedestrians. However, negligent drivers get behind the wheel every day. When they do, they can cause car accidents and wrongful deaths.
At BDIW Law, we help those who have lost family members in car accidents caused by negligent drivers. Reach out to our law firm today. From here, we can learn about your auto accident and help you file a wrongful death claim against any at-fault parties.
Many Fatal Auto Accidents Are Preventable
There is no telling when a car accident and wrongful death will occur in Oklahoma. Common reasons why auto accidents happen include:
Research indicates drunk driving is the leading cause of death on U.S. roadways. An intoxicated driver can choose to get behind the wheel at any time. As soon as a drunk driver hits the road, this individual puts other motorists and pedestrians in danger.
In Oklahoma, it is illegal for someone to drive a car if they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.8 or higher. If a driver is found with a BAC that exceeds the legal limit in Oklahoma, this individual can receive civil and criminal penalties. In addition, if a drunk driver causes an accident and wrongful death, this individual is subject to a lawsuit.
BDIW Law can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against a drunk driver. A wrongful death attorney from our team takes the time to review your claim and make sure your lawsuit is filed accordingly. Next, our lawyer does everything they can to help you win or settle your case.
A driver can lose focus behind the wheel if they look down at their phone or GPS system. Or, a driver may converse with a passenger or get distracted in other ways. If a driver gets distracted at any point, this individual can cause an accident and wrongful death.
Distracted driving is a big problem in Oklahoma and across the United States. You may lose a family member in a distracted driving accident. If this happens, you can pursue damages as part of a wrongful death lawsuit.
After a distracted driving car accident that results in a wrongful death, consult with an attorney. You can give the lawyer details about your family member’s wrongful death, along with any evidence relating to your case. Then, your attorney will help you seek the most damages possible.
Poor Weather Conditions
Rain, sleet, and other inclement weather conditions can make it tough for Oklahoma motorists to navigate the roads safely. It is the driver’s responsibility to consider the weather. Otherwise, it can become exceedingly difficult for a driver to stop or slow down to prevent an auto accident and wrongful death.
Harsh weather conditions do not excuse safe driving. Yet, a driver may cite the weather as the cause of a car accident and wrongful death. In this instance, the driver can still be held financially responsible for their negligence in a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a driver that claims poor weather conditions caused an accident, seek out an experienced attorney. This gives you the opportunity to explain your side of the story to a lawyer and get this professional’s insights into your legal options. If you decide to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit, your attorney can help you do just that.
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What You Need to Do to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Car Accident
It can be challenging to move on from the death of a family member in an auto accident. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma, you must submit the required paperwork within two years of your loved one’s car accident. By partnering with a wrongful death lawyer, you can take the first step to file your lawsuit in accordance with Oklahoma’s statute of limitations.
Your lawyer will make sure you pursue damages based on lost income, loss of companionship, and other losses you have incurred. It is paramount to provide your attorney with plenty of information relating to your finances and how the loss of your loved one impacts them. That way, your attorney can help you determine a reasonable amount of damages to request.
After your wrongful death lawsuit is filed, the defendant has several options. The defendant may hire an attorney to contest your request for damages. There is also the chance that the defendant will try to work with you to settle your claim.
How Your Lawyer Helps You Handle a Settlement Offer in a Wrongful Death Case
Your lawyer keeps you up to date if the defendant in your case comes forward with a settlement proposal. If you get a settlement offer, you can review it with your attorney. Even though your lawyer can offer recommendations and tips on what to do with an offer, you have the final say on whether to accept, reject, or counter it.
Ultimately, your attorney serves as a valuable resource as you assess a wrongful death case settlement proposal. Your lawyer can explain what can happen with any decision you make regarding a settlement. Plus, your attorney can answer any questions you have about a settlement so you can make an informed decision about it.
When it comes to a settlement in a wrongful death case, it is important to make a decision that aligns with your best interests. If a settlement is less than what you are willing to accept, notify your lawyer that you are rejecting it. Your lawyer can then tell the defendant that you have rejected their offer, and you and your attorney can keep looking for ways to strengthen your case.
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Do Not Wait to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Car Accident
If a family member dies in an Oklahoma auto accident caused by a negligent driver, the team at BDIW Law can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against this individual. To learn more or request a free case consultation, please contact us today.
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