Car accidents result in major injuries, death and large amounts of property damage every year. Those injured in an auto accident should seek to understand all the factors of the laws and regulations governing liability and possible forms compensation that may be pursued to recover for injuries or damage suffered. In cases of fatal automobile accidents, survivors or family members may be able to seek compensation for medical or final expenses, lost wages and emotional distress.
This comes to mind in wake of news that Wisconsin is in the middle of one of the worst years for auto accident fatalities in recent memory. That's according to a report by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
According to the report, September alone saw 62 deaths, the highest rate for that month since 2007. At the time this post is written, traffic accidents have claimed the lives of 464 drivers, passengers and others this year. The average annual rate is 439 deaths.
One local paramedic notes that people tend to drive faster and with greater confidence in warmer years and that accidents regularly occur in areas where the posted speed limits drop noticeably. WisDOT also notes that, although car accidents comprise the bulk of fatal accidents, motorcycle-related fatalities are also up.
Fatal car accidents cause more than emotional trauma for those who lose a loved one. Funeral costs, the costs of emergency medical care and a family's lost income can all dramatically affect the well-being of survivors. Understanding your rights, responsibilities and options after a fatal car crash is the first step required before seeking compensation to help deal with these unexpected expenses. Consult with an experienced attorney to learn more.
Source: WAOW-TV, "Wisconsin traffic fatalities rise," Bonnie Shelton, Sept. 29, 2012