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Wrongful Death Archives

A "preponderance of the evidence" and wrongful death lawsuits

Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that wrongful death lawsuits are pursued by the surviving family members of a person who is killed in an accident that was caused by another party's negligence. However, these cases can be notoriously tricky to prove in court. One legal term that any plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit will need to become familiar with is "preponderance of the evidence."

A lower BAC level may change drunk driving laws in America

It is an unfortunate reality of life in America that, every year, hundreds of people die in car accidents that are caused by drunk drivers. Although government organizations and private entities have, over several decades, attempted to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, the problem persists. However, according to a recent report, there may soon be a new weapon in the battle against drunk driving: a lower blood alcohol content level under the law.

Pursuing compensation when you lose a loved one

The vast majority of people have gone through the sorrow and grief of the death of a loved one, but those emotions and experiences can be complicated immensely when the circumstances of the death are not natural. If the death of a loved one was caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another party, the family members who are left behind are usually struggling to come up with answers for why this had to happen and what could have prevented it.

Head-on collision results in death of one motorist in West Haven

Car accidents are fairly common in Connecticut, but fatal car accidents are - thankfully - not quite as common as the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. Unfortunately fatal accidents do occur occasionally, however. And when they do, the family members of the deceased are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what happened.

What are "loss of companionship" damages in a lawsuit?

Our readers in Connecticut who are familiar with previous posts here know that there is a wide range of damages that can be pursued in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Plaintiffs can pursue financial compensation to cover costs for medical expenses and treatment, or in the event of death, the victim's family may be able to recover funeral costs and lost wages that the deceased would have earned. But what about "loss of companionship" damages? What are these damages and how can they be recovered in a lawsuit?

Head-on collision leads to two deaths, injuries

When a car accident occurs in the late evening or early morning hours, there may be certain preconceived notions among the public at large, and even among the law enforcement officers investigating the crash. For some, the first thought goes to drunk driving. For others, perhaps they believe another distraction occurred, or that the driver just wasn't that good at paying attention to the road at night. The fewer details that are reported, the more people's imaginations will be left to wander.

An overview of wrongful death lawsuits in Connecticut

It is probably hard for most people to deal with the unexpected death of a loved one. But it can be even harder when the death was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person. However, when these are the circumstances in the death of a Connecticut resident, the law provides an opportunity to recover financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Driver turns himself in for fatal Connecticut accident

Hearing the news that a loved one has been killed in an automobile collision is an event that is difficult to process. No matter the age of a loved one, this is a shocking way to have their life suddenly taken away. It is even more challenging to digest this tragic event when you are informed that the party responsible fled the scene of the accident. A hit-and-run accident leaves much room for questions, and surviving family members often have to wait much time for an investigation to uncover who was responsible for their loved one's death.

Helping you navigate a wrongful death claim

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time for the family members and friends of the deceased. It can be challenging to picture life without that person, especially when he or she was suddenly and selfishly taken away by the negligence of another. Fatal accidents are unpredictable and could impact people of any age. Thus, it is important to understand your rights as a surviving family member when it comes to holding a negligent party responsible.

One killed and one injured in a head-on collision in Connecticut

Motor vehicles are a necessary commodity in Connecticut and other states across the nation. Without automobiles, many residents would not have the ease or ability to travel where they want when they want. While personal vehicles are very beneficial, they also pose many risks to those driving them and traveling in them. Even when a driver is following the rules of the road, this unfortunately does not always protect them from a negligent or distracted driver.

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