Of all the traffic accidents that occur, those that end in fatality are the most devastating. Sadly, a recent analysis on this year’s traffic accidents has found that these accidents are on the rise. Up by 9 percent in the first half of 2016 when compared to the same time period in 2015, this increase means that an estimated 2.2 million drivers were seriously injured and more than 19, 000 were killed. This leaves even more families at risk of losing a loved one. Understand your rights in these tragic situations.
Intoxicated Driver Accidents
Intoxicated driving (drunk and/or drugged driving) is not a new issue. In fact, it has probably been around since the advent of the car. Unfortunately, it is a growing problem – one that claims the lives of thousands per year. It is so prevalent that it claims the lives of at least 28 victims per day, or one person every 53 minutes. Crack downs throughout many states have occurred, but Wisconsin is one of the most lenient on drunk and drugged drivers. This means that many who are caught will, once again, drive intoxicated and put the lives of other road users at risk.
Distracted Driver Accidents
Distracted driving, which can include everything from talking to a passenger of the vehicle to using a cell phone while behind the wheel, has increased drastically since cell phones incorporated into the everyday lives of Americans. Sadly, this means that more and more victims are dying in accidents caused by someone who was texting, Facebooking, using a map application, or simply making a phone call. Everyone knows the risk, yet many drivers continue to use their phones while driving anyway.
When Negligence is a Factor in the Loss of Your Loved One
The aforementioned issues, as well as many others, can constitute negligence in a wrongful death claim. It is this element that gives the surviving families of victims the right to seek fair compensation for their losses. It does not bring a loved one back, nor does it even begin to make up for what these families have lost, but this compensation can go a long way in relieving the financial stressors that they may be experiencing while trying to navigate through the grief process.
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we fight for the rights of victims and their loved ones. We seek justice and full compensation when they have been wronged by the actions of a distracted, drunk, or drugged driver. Most of all, we serve as compassionate advocates, efficiently handling all of the legal complexities of their case so that they can focus on healing. Ask how our Green Bay, Wisconsin auto accident attorneys can help with your wrongful death claim. Call 920-739-7366 and schedule a consultation with us today.