Fatal Auto Accident Attorney

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Between the distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and reckless drivers of the world, fatal car accidents are an unfortunate but inevitable part of our reality. On top of that, Colorado is home to icy, snowy winters and legalized marijuana — both of which are attributed to the spiked car accident numbers our state has seen in recent years.

If your loved one lost their life in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s careless, reckless, or negligent behavior, please know that The Law Offices of Edward Smith are here to help. While nothing can bring back your loved one, Firestone area attorney Ed Smith will fight fiercely to hold the responsible party accountable and help you recover financial compensation.

Car Accidents & Wrongful Death

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 40,100 people were killed in U.S. auto accidents in 2017, and about 642 of those fatalities took place in Colorado.

“But what happens after the crash?” you might ask. “How can a family get compensation — much less justice — for their loss?”

The answer: the victim’s surviving family members file a wrongful death claim against the person or people responsible for causing the accident. In other words, they jumpstart a legal process that’s specifically designed to hold the responsible party legally and financially accountable for their mistake. In the event that the family wins their case, they can be compensated for the wages their loved one would have earned, funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and a number of related considerations that stem from their loss.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

While most types of personal injury claims are filed by the victim in question, car accidents that result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death require a representative to speak out on behalf of the victim. Each state has its own specific rules and regulations that outline who can file a wrongful death claim and how long they have to do so. For Colorado, this is the standard:

  • If the victim has a surviving spouse, he or she is the only person who can file a wrongful death claim within the first year following the victim’s death. In total, the spouse has up to two years to file their claim.
  • If the victim has surviving children, they can file a claim during the second year following the victim’s death.
  • If the victim doesn’t have a surviving spouse or children, their parents may file the claim and must do so within the first two years following the victim’s death.

If you’re unsure how these rules apply to your own case, please don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Edward Smith and set up a one-on-one consultation with Ed. He has the knowledge and experience to evaluate your unique situation and offer clear guidance through the claims process. He serves the Brighton, Boulder, and surrounding areas of Colorado.

Fatal Auto Accident Attorney Serving Longmont, Loveland, Boulder & All of Colorado

If your spouse, parent, or child lost their life in an auto accident that could have been avoided, reach out to The Law Offices of Edward Smith. In addition to decades of experience, Ed has the compassionate counsel and representation you deserve during this difficult time. As your attorney, he will do everything in his power to get justice for your loss and fight for the biggest settlement possible.