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Steps to take in the aftermath of a fatal car accident

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 09, 2014 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Few things in life are entirely predictable, so people expect to encounter twists and turns every so often. However, nothing can prepare a person to deal with the sudden loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. At this point, close relatives of the victim might be at a loss when trying to figure out what to do next.

The impact of a person's passing may become known almost immediately. Aside from the tremendous emotional costs, financial difficulties may become apparent. After all, a person who dies at a young age loses many years of earning potential.

Depending on the circumstances behind a motor vehicle accident, it may be possible to pursue a civil claim. In particular, if the at-fault driver -- or other parties -- acted negligently or recklessly, then wrongful death action may be in line.

One thing that is important to explore is how Connecticut law addresses wrongful death. According to state statute, the executor or administrator of the victim's estate must file the claim. This step may be a little different than other states where surviving family members have the ability to file a wrongful death claim.

More than anything, dealing with a profound loss is overwhelming. Most people probably don't know how to proceed with a wrongful death claim -- or determine whether there are grounds to move forward with legal action. Thankfully, an attorney can offer assistance in this regard.

Nothing can bring back a loved one after a fatal motor vehicle accident. Taking thoughtful action, however, can help loved ones find a way forward and seek a measure of justice.

Source: WestLaw, C.G.S.A. § 52-555