Our Michigan wrongful death lawyers have won substantial settlements in wrongful death auto accident cases. In addition to the terrible loss of the family member, a death from a car accident can have also have a significant economic impact on the other family members. This is especially true if the decedent was the primary income and wage earner in the family.
In 2011, 889 people died in fatal Michigan car accidents. This was a decrease of 30.5% from 2002, but still a significant number. The number of car accident deaths in 2011 was higher than the 871 who were killed in 2009. The highest number of Michigan auto accidents deaths in the last decade was in 2003, in which there were 1,283 fatal auto accident deaths in Michigan.
Surviving family members can purse a wrongful death lawsuit for the car accident death. Compensation under Michigan Wrongful Death Act provides for several different claims. This includes loss of society and companionship of the loved one , the loss of services provided by the family member, and the other economic losses sustained by the family. A claim can also be made for the conscious pain and suffering of the decedent from the time of accident until death.
In most circumstances, the surviving family members can also make a survivor’s loss claim under the Michigan no-fault Laws. These claims include the loss of household services and wages for the first three years after the accident, as well as partial payment of funeral and burial expenses. There are specific time deadlines for filing these claims and if you wait too long your claim may be destroyed forever.
Our Michigan Wrongful Death Car Accident Lawyers
It is important to choose a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Our attorneys starting working our cases immediately so we can interview witnesses, inspect the vehicle, and get the full police investigation report. A lengthy delay in starting this process can make it more difficult to successfully pursue the case at a later dated.
To learn more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit for a fatal Michigan car accident, call our experienced attorneys now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case. We will get all of the investigation reports, send out our investigator to interview witnesses, and open a file in the probate court. We will then file a lawsuit against the negligent driver and get the maximum possible settlement from the insurance company. We will also help you get the Michigan no-fault insurance benefits.