What if a Loved One Dies in an Accident?
The Colorado law on wrongful death addresses this situation. Surviving family members can bring a civil suit to hold accountable the person who caused the death. This is a civil case that certain family members can bring.
The key question in a wrongful death case is whether the death was “wrongful” under the law. Examples include any death caused by negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct. A speeding motorist who strikes a pedestrian could be liable, as could someone who accidentally struck a motorcyclist when changing lanes. The statute can cover criminal acts, such as homicide, but also covers other actions that are wrongful but not necessarily criminal.
If successful with their claim, family members can receive compensation in the form of money damages for certain losses, such as the wages and benefits their loved one would have earned had they lived. Other damages cover intangible losses like the loss of companionship, love, and care that the deceased would have provided.
Please contact a Mesa personal injury lawyer for more information. We offer free consultations where we can discuss your case confidentially. Call us today at (970) 644-5194.