Fatal Car Accident Lawyer in Longmont
Compassionate Representation Throughout Colorado
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 is here to help. While nothing can bring back your loved one, Longmont area fatal car accident 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 had they lived
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of any inheritance as a result of the death
- Pain and suffering
- Several other related considerations that stem from their loss
Understanding the Claims Process
In Colorado, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the victim’s death by a surviving family member.
To successfully carry out a claim, you (the plaintiff) must prove the party responsible for the death (the defendant) caused your loved one’s death directly or indirectly through their negligent actions.
The major points you must prove, with evidence, are below:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty
- The breach of duty was a direct and proximate cause of your loved one’s death
- The death caused the damages that the plaintiff is trying to recover
Car accident cases may be more straightforward or more complicated—it depends on how clear the cause of the accident was and whether there were any witnesses, police reports, or other clear evidence documenting the incident. A competent fatal car accident lawyer can help you collect evidence and find accident reconstructionists, healthcare professionals, and other experts to testify on your behalf.
Don’t be silent about your loss. Reach out to a dedicated and empathetic fatal car accident attorney today.
“He took care of everything which was a big relief. I got a settlement that was way more than what I expected.”- David B.
“For any other person seeking to redress a personal injury case, I couldn't recommend anyone higher for your consideration than Mr. Edward Smith, Esquire.”- Charlotte M.
“He was always available to answer my questions and concerns and was able to bring my case to the very best possible conclusion.”- Stuart H.