Car accidents can be a catastrophic event that leaves the motorists and passengers involved with severe injuries. Unfortunately, a serious car accident may also result in a person sustaining fatal injuries. If this happens, you should not hesitate to hold a negligent driver accountable for the death of your loved one. If your family member was the victim of a fatal car accident, contact an experienced Philadelphia fatal car accident lawyer today.
The Reiff Law Firm is dedicated to providing you with the legal representation you need to pursue compensation for the death of your loved one. Our firm has worked with residents of Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester, and others across Southeast Pennsylvania, and we would be proud to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.
Common Causes of Fatal Car Crashes in Philadelphia
Car accidents can happen for any number of reasons. However, there are certain circumstances where a car accident can result in a fatal injury for the motorists involved in the accident. The following is a list of common causes of fatal car crashes.
Speed limits are in place to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians that may be traveling through a certain area. Speed limits can vary depending on the particular area where traffic runs. For example, a school area would likely be zoned to have a maximum speed limit that does not exceed 15 to 20 miles per hour.
Unfortunately, some motorists may neglect to follow the posted speed limits for one reason or another. When a negligent driver travels at excessive speeds, they are less capable of controlling their vehicle and could easily collide with another vehicle.
When high-speed accidents occur, occupants of the vehicle could suffer a number of potentially fatal injuries like a traumatic brain injury or the loss of a limb.
If a person is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their reaction times to events on the road can be delayed, which can make it difficult to react to a potential car accident. Drunk drivers are also prone to fall asleep while driving which can make them veer into other lanes or other vehicles.
A fatal car accident can also be the result of a vehicle malfunction. For example, if a motorist is driving and one of the tires on their vehicle suddenly blows outs, they could lose control of the vehicle and strike other motorists.
A vehicle malfunction could not only be the fault of a driver that failed to properly service their vehicle, but it could also be the result of a vehicle manufacturer equipping a vehicle with defective features. When this happens, a driver and the manufacturer could be held liable for their actions that led to an accident.
There are other reasons why a fatal car accident may occur. To learn more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit after a car accident, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney.
When to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Car Accident Fatality
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action brought by a close family member of a person that was killed in an accident. It is important to note that there are only certain family members that are permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Typically, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by immediate family members and family members that were financially dependent or cared for by the decedent. This usually means that while a spouse, children, and parents are able to file a case, the right to file a claim could be extended to other family members if they relied on the decedent, like a cousin.
Note, however, that a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within the timeframe set by the statute of limitations, which determines the length of time a plaintiff has to file a case against a defendant. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the decedent’s death.
If a plaintiff does not file their case within this timeframe, they risk the court barring their claim from being filed. As a result, they may be unable to pursue legal compensation against a negligent driver.
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Fatal Car Accident Attorney Today
If your loved one was killed in a car crash, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia car accident death attorney today. At the Reiff Law Firm, our experienced attorneys will work tirelessly to help you pursue legal action against the negligent driver that caused the death of your family member. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your legal situation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000.