In 2020, a total of 38,824 people died in motor vehicle crashes and there was a 9% increase in motor vehicle deaths compared to 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. 62% of crash fatalities in 2020 were passenger vehicle occupants. If your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident, you may be interested to learn about other cases and settlements that brought compensation to the victim’s families.
Motor vehicle accident cases consist of a complex fact pattern, and more often than not the parties involved disagree with regard to who is at fault. While some accidents involve many parties, the cause of the accident can be challenging to determine in some cases. This is why having a strategic and knowledgeable attorney on your side is imperative to the success of your case.
If your family has been impacted by the death of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, we encourage you to read on. If you are ready to speak with a legal professional to understand your rights, contact us today for a free consultation.
Causes of Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
In nearly every motor vehicle accident, someone is to blame. In cases where a death is involved, that blame is earth-shattering. While some scenarios may occur due to unforeseen circumstances, there are many situations in which negligence, malicious intent, or product defects are to blame. Below is a list of scenarios that may cause a fatal motor accident:
- Tire Blowout
- Alcohol/Drug Use
- Driver Fatigue
- Negligent Truck Maintenance
- Overloaded Trucks
- Train & Vehicle Collisions
- Rear-End Collisions
- Head-on Collisions
- Distracted Driver
- Drunk Drivers
Examples of Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
Our team has achieved great success in securing proper compensation for our clients who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. For example, the attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz recently achieved a $6,000,000 settlement in the State of Alabama for a 55-year-old Chicago man injured in a head-on collision with a truck in 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama.
If you are coping with the loss of a loved one due to a motor vehicle accident, consider these resources.
Has Someone You Love Been Killed in a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident? Turn to the Experts—Hurley McKenna & Mertz
If someone you love was killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident, our team can help you navigate conversations with the insurance company. Complexity abounds in motor vehicle accident cases and an experienced lawyer who has handled fatal accident cases can be an asset in a time of mourning.
At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, we have successfully helped many families who have lost loved ones due to a fatal motor vehicle accident. Through proper investigation and intimate knowledge of the law, we can help your family be fairly compensated. Contact us today for assistance with your case.