Wrongful Death Claims in Motor Vehicle Accidents in 2012

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Oct 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The number of wrongful death claims in motor vehicle accidents in this country has skyrocketed in the first six months of 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a 9% increase in motor vehicle traffic fatalities for the first half of 2012. This is the  largest increase in the first half of a year since this type of data began being collected in 1975.

A the projection being made by the NHTSA for the first half of this year estimates that 16,290 people will have died in motor vehicle accidents in 2012.

In CT, like most states, we have a wrongful death statute that provides for how these cases that result in the death of one person as a result of the fault of another are handled and what compensation is available.

Our wrongful death statute provides for the following types of damages:

Economic damages of:

1) the reasonable and necessary medical and funeral expenses;


2) the value of the decedent's lost earning capacity less

deductions for (his/her) necessary living expenses taking into consideration

that a present cash payment will be made;  and

Noneconomic damages of:

3) compensation for the destruction of the decedent's capacity to carry on and enjoy life's activities in a way that (he/she) would have done had (he/she) lived; and,

4) compensation for the death itself; or

5) pain and suffering.

These may also be other types of damages available to the Estate or family members of the deceased which might include: emotional bystander distress; loss of consortium claims; double or treble damages; and/or punitive damages. It is extremely important that you consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer at your immediate so that the case is properly investigated and developed and that the needed experts are consulted. We have decades of experience in representing the families of people who have been killed in wrongful death accidents caused by the fault of another.

So do not hire a lawyer, speak to anyone, especially an insurance adjuster, from the insurance company or sign any type of documents until you read a copy of our FREE book "The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut". Learn what you need to do and how an injury case is developed and put together. Learn how cases are evaluated and what insurance adjusters look for before making offers of money. Call us at (888) 244-5480, visit us at www.hcwlaw.com and or tell us about your case online and we will contact you.

The last thing a family needs to do after losing a loved one is worrying about all of the legal issues involved in a wrongful death case. You deal with the personal issues while we take care of everything else. There is no cost and no fee unless we collect money for you. Get the answers you need today. We'll call you and answer your questions. Get the answers you need today!

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Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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