When someone you love such as a spouse, child, parent or other family member dies because a reckless driver got behind the wheel of his car drunk or drugged, you suffer the consequences as a result of someone else’s bad actions.
After the fatal Wisconsin auto accident claims your loved one, you may be in a state of shock, grieving and trying to cope with the loss you have suffered. Many people who have lost someone close to them find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. You are overcome with numbness or hopelessness.
Grieving is a personal process. Nobody can dictate to you how much time it should take. There are some techniques that other people have found to be useful in helping get past the initial pain of personal loss.
When your life has changed due to a loss you suffered, there are some coping tips our Madison wrongful death lawyers would like you to be aware of:
- Talking About It. By talking about what happened to your loved one, it can help you from bottling up your emotions. By re-telling the account of what happened over and over again, you can gradually adjust to your new reality.
- Promoting safe driving. By sharing your story, you may help others realize how dangerous it is to drive after smoking pot or consuming just one alcoholic beverage. You can talk to your neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends and even share with school groups and community groups.
- Getting involved. Meeting other victims who have lost their loved ones to drunk- or drugged-driving accidents can help you bond with someone who has gone through the same emotions you have. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has community groups and ways for you to connect with others in your similar situation to get the support you need.
- Pursuing a wrongful death claim. When you have lost a family member due to someone’s negligent and reckless actions, you are entitled to pursue a wrongful death suit. Some people find comfort knowing that their pursuit of justice will provide a warning lesson to other dangerous Madison drivers.
Although this time of adjustment is difficult, these coping strategies may be helpful to you. For more information on pursuing a Wisconsin wrongful death lawsuit, please call Hupy & Abraham toll-free at 888-277-4879 for our Madison office (or 800-800-5678 for all Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa locations) to arrange a free consultation.