Fatal car accidents have a number of causes. The responsible driver may be distracted, speeding, or driving under the influence. Regardless of the cause, a person injured in a fatal car accident may seek to hold the responsible party accountable through a negligence lawsuit. However, filing a lawsuit can be complicated if the person who caused the accident died in the crash. An experienced Indiana personal injury attorney can guide you through the process of bringing a claim for relief.
For example, a recent news article reported a fatal accident in Indianapolis, Indiana. The accident occurred on I-465 when a driver traveling northbound attempted to change lanes. As the driver passed through a construction zone, he struck a crash attenuator. He then collided with four other vehicles. The driver died at the scene.
How Can You Prevent a Fatal Accident?
While not all accidents are completely preventable, there are several steps you can take to stay safe while operating your vehicle. Most importantly, stay focused. Distracted driving, such as attempting to “multi-task,” can take your eyes off the road. As a result, you could easily drift away from your lane and collide with other drivers. To minimize distractions, wait to take calls or send texts until you are safely parked at your destination. Second, take your time. Excessive speeding can make it harder to maintain control of your vehicle, potentially leading to an accident. Additionally, resist the urge to weave in and out of lanes if you are in a rush. Doing so may lead you to strike another vehicle, crash attenuator, or divider. To avoid driving in a rush, leave early and allow yourself ample time to arrive at your destination. Finally, never drive under the influence. Otherwise, you place yourself and other drivers in danger of a fatal accident.
Can You Sue if the Responsible Party Has Died?
If the person responsible for an accident died in the crash, you may still be able to bring a negligence lawsuit if that person caused your injuries. While you cannot sue the deceased person directly, you can bring a lawsuit against that person’s estate. Generally, you do not have to name the estate’s beneficiaries, such as the deceased’s spouse, as defendants. However, plaintiffs should be aware that suing a person’s estate involves complex questions of legal procedure. An experienced Indiana personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for recovery.
Have You Been Hurt in a Fatal Indiana Accident?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died in an Indiana car accident, you may have a claim for relief. Indiana personal injury attorney Burton A. Padove has represented clients throughout Indiana for over 40 years. Through Attorney Padove’s skilled and dedicated representation, he has secured significant compensation on behalf of his clients. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our office at 877-446-5294.