What to do if Your Mother was Killed in a Car Accident
Chris Hoffmann is a compassionate, yet aggressive lawyer who will see your rights are protected and that you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
It’s not uncommon to hear news reports of victims killed in car accidents. However, when the victim is a loved one, the news is devastating. The void left by this sudden death can seem impossible to fill.
If you have lost a family, such as a mother, in an auto accident, we are deeply sorry for your loss. In addition to emotional pain, such tragedy can also lead to financial burdens that may leave you and your family wondering where you should turn.
While financial compensation cannot replace your loved one, it can provide you with a much-needed sense of justice. Furthermore, it can alleviate some of your family’s financial worries.
Wrongful Death of a Mother
A wrongful death claim is a demand by a family member against the party whose actions caused the person’s death. When there is a fatal car accident, the authorities decide on the negligent party, or the person responsible for the crash.
Missouri law defines wrongful death as
Whenever the death of a person results from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction, or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages in respect thereof…
In Missouri the relatives that can file a wrongful death suit against the negligent party are:
- Children of the deceased
- Mother or father of the deceased
- Sisters or brothers of the deceased
A wrongful death claim must be filed within a certain amount of time, this is known as the statute of limitations. In Missouri the time frame is typically 3 years from the date the death occurred.
Proving a Wrongful Death Claim
When a fatal car accident occurs due to the recklessness or negligence of another driver, a wrongful death claim can be filed against that person. If no other driver was involved in the wreck, it may be that a poorly maintained road or highway is at fault.
Some of the most common causes of fatal car crashes include:
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Texting and driving
- Other forms of distracted driving
- Head-on collision
- Driving in a reckless manor, such as racing
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we have established an excellent network of experts and professionals to assess the evidence and testify at trial when necessary. Medical experts, accident reconstructionists and investigators are crucial in most cases for proving liability and damages and procuring maximum compensation.
Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in St. Louis
Our firm understands that no amount of compensation can make up for your loss. However, replacing lost wages, being able to afford medical bills and a proper funeral are vital to moving forward. Chris Hoffmann is a compassionate, yet aggressive lawyer who will see your rights are protected and that you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free and private consultation with Attorney Christopher Hoffmann. You will not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.