Losing a loved one in a traffic accident is a devastating loss that leaves family and friends heartbroken for life. Unfortunately, a majority of these fatalities are preventable, and many of them have an at-fault party who can be held liable.
There are a number of dangerous driving behaviors that can cause a fatal accident to occur, including:
- Distracted driving, such as eating, texting, or applying makeup while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or non-compliance with road laws, such as unsafe passing or failure to yield before taking an unprotected left
- Fatigued/tired driving
Sometimes, parties beyond the drivers involved in the accident can also be found at fault. For example, a car may have been poorly manufactured or have a defective auto product (e.g., a defective airbag, gas tank, or steering system) that causes a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. In cases like this, the victim’s loved ones can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the car and parts manufacturers. If the crash was caused by poor road conditions, they may have a case against the party that should have been maintaining it.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Nevada?
- The deceased’s personal representative (typically named in their will).
- Their surviving spouse, registered domestic partner, or child(ren).
- If the person has no surviving spouse or children, their parents can file a claim.
- If an individual has none of the above, their closest living relative will be identified
If you are interested in filing a wrongful death claim, consulting with a knowledgeable car accident attorney will help you to understand and go through the process of doing so. You deserve compensation for the damages, suffering, and pain you have experienced.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.