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Common causes of car accident fatalities

There is nothing anyone can say or do to remove your sorrow as you mourn the death of a loved one. Even in situations where death is imminent and family members have time to come to terms with the likelihood that a particular situation is going to end in death (such as in late stages of cancer or other terminal illness) it's never easy to lose a close family member.

If your life changed in an instant upon learning that your loved one suffered a fatal injury in a car accident, it may have only intensified your grief. Such sorrow often compounds when the results of the investigation show that motorist negligence was a likely cause of the accident. Following your loved one's untimely death, you may barely be able to think beyond your grief. In time, however, you learn to go on and may even start to wonder what you can do to pursue justice on your loved one's behalf.

Driving issues that often lead to fatal collisions

Each person must mourn the loss of a loved one in his or her own way. Some others who have gone through similar experiences in South Carolina say it helps when they can do things that make them feel as though they are honoring their loved ones' memories. For many, this includes filing wrongful death claims to seek legal accountability against those deemed negligent for their family members' deaths. The following list shows the most common types of causes of serious or fatal motor vehicle collisions:

  • Intoxication: You're likely already aware that drunk drivers take the lives of thousands of people in South Carolina and other states every year. If the person who hit your loved one was driving with an illegal blood alcohol content level, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Distraction: From texting behind the wheel, eating or drinking while driving or even interacting with backseat passengers instead of focusing on the road, there are many types of distraction that cause a driver to lose steering control or otherwise place all occupants and nearby motorists at risk for collision.
  • Recklessness: Some people think it's cool or fun to street race or exhibit other daring behavior while driving. The problem is, it's unlawful to disobey traffic regulations and dangerous to drive erratically or wantonly because it places all drivers and passengers in harm's way.
  • Speeding: Posted speed limits exist for good reason. Not adhering to them may prove disastrous if a collision results that causes injury or death to another person.

Teenagers are at great risk for collisions according to available accident data. Other issues, such as inclement weather, poor road conditions and tailgating are major factors that often lead motor vehicle tragedies. You will always have a special place in your heart for your loved one and though you will learn to live without him or her, your sorrow will never completely diminish.

Seeking recovery for losses

Many immediate family members of fatal accident victims face undue financial strain as they lay their loved ones to rest. Some have been able to offset costs associated with their situations through successful wrongful death litigation.

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