“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow
by evading it today.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Where does responsibility lie when a wrongful death occurs? More to the point, who can be appropriately held responsible for wrongful death by way of being named in the lawsuit? In a fatal auto accident, for example, there are potentially a number of parties that share in responsibility, all of which will do all they can to escape said liability. So what does a person do who has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of losing a loved one as a result of the negligence of other parties?
Hire An Attorney
An experienced Oklahoma wrongful death attorney has a depth of understanding of what families and friends of lost loved ones go through, as we have walked multiple clients through the process. Enlisting the advocacy of an attorney that knows where to look for investigating possible causes of the accident can be an invaluable source of strength for you and your family in this process.
Who May Be At Fault?
A fatal car accident may bring a wrongful death suit to a number of various people and entities involved, directly or by way of negligence. State and federal government agencies may be partially to blame. Automobile companies and employees may share in the responsibility of what happened to your loved one. Not only does pursuing suit against all potential liable parties help you compensate damages, but also it may stop others from severe injury or death.
Here are few examples of people, business, and other entities that may be included as defendants in a wrongful death suit (starting with the more obvious and including some you may not have considered):
- The Driver – the “at fault” driver in accident
- The Provider – the person or business that provided alcohol to the intoxicated or otherwise inattentive driver
- The Property Owner – the owner or owners of the premises where the alcohol was served to the “at fault” driver
- The Employer – the company who’s vehicle was driven and who’s driver was the “at fault” driver in the accident
- The Designer – the person or company responsible for the faulty roadway design or build
- The Government – any government agency that was negligent to provide proper warning signs or road hazards that could have prevented the accident
- The Parts Company – if vehicle parts were faulty or dangerous, the manufacturer, distributor, or installer could be liable
These are a few of the people or parties that may be held accountable for the wrongful death of a loved one in the wake of an auto accident-related wrongful death suit.
What Does A Wrongful Death Suit Cost?
Unless money is collected on your behalf, Frasier, Frasier & Hickman does not charge for our wrongful death legal services. Let our dedicated team start the process of helping your family through this painful experience.
Call Frasier, Frasier & Hickman or contact us online anytime. We look forward to serving you and your family.