Records show that 5,376 pedestrians lost their lives in the United States during 2015. That is a 9.5% increase over the number of pedestrians who died on U.S. streets during 2014, and it is the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in nearly two decades. The lives lost included 55 pedestrians in Wisconsin, 150 pedestrians in Illinois, and 25 pedestrians in Iowa.
Each fatality brought grief to surviving family members and potentially financial concerns. Each family must decide what to do as they mourn. While there is no decision that is right for all families, every family deserves to have the facts and to understand how a wrongful death lawsuit might help them after a fatal pedestrian accident.
The Truth About Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Right now it might be difficult to think about pursuing legal action. However, there are a few things that you should know about wrongful death cases right after a pedestrian accident:
- Your time to file a case is limited by the state statute of limitations. Each state provides you with only a certain amount of time to file your case. You may not be able to recover damages after that time expires.
- The stress of filing a claim does not have to be on your shoulders. If you chose to work with a wrongful death attorney then your lawyer will handle settlement negotiations, discovery, and litigation for you.
- This may be your only chance to recover for the medical bills, funeral costs, lost income, pain and suffering that the driver caused when he killed your loved one. If you fail to take legal action, then you are unlikely to ever see a fair settlement.
Every pedestrian accident and every fatality is unique. You deserve to have accurate answers to your questions so that you can decide whether a wrongful death claim is something that you want to pursue after this type of fatal accident. To get the individual guidance that you deserve, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation meeting with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers. Please contact us via this website or call us any time to schedule your meeting. We are here for you at all times of the day and night.