After your loved one was lost in a fatal crash, you knew that someone should be held responsible--you just weren’t sure who it should be. Determining responsibility will give you and your family justice, and will determine who is liable for your relative’s end-of-life costs.
Who might be held responsible for a fatal New Jersey car accident?
- The driver. If your relative was killed while riding as a passenger in someone’s vehicle, the driver’s insurance should pay for many end-of-life costs. If the driver was drunk, distracted, or otherwise negligent, you may be able to pursue a case against him for additional compensation.
- The other driver. If the accident report says that the crash was caused by another driver, you may be able to seek payment from his insurance company or file a wrongful death case on your family member’s behalf.
- Both drivers. Survivors may be able to recover damages from both for a single accident, especially if the limits of one driver’s insurance is not enough to cover all of your loved one’s costs.
- The vehicle manufacturer. In some cases, a faulty auto part is to blame for causing an accidental death. Malfunctioning airbags or defective seat belts can cause accident injuries to be fatal, if they had been functioning properly, your loved one may not have died.
The key to finding out who is liable for a fatal New Jersey car accident is a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the crash. However, this is often too painful for grieving families to face, and, as a result, they forgo their right to compensation.
Trusted Morristown car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can investigate your loved one’s accident on your behalf, giving you and your family the time and privacy you need to heal. Call (877) 360-0183 today to find out how we can help you in your FREE, one-on-one consultation.