Fatal car accidents


Fatal car accidents are a deeply sad and traumatic occurrence. If a loved one has been killed in a fatal car accident, the last thing you want to think about is legal and financial issues. However, when you are ready, compensation is something that you may wish to speak to a solicitor about.

The law on car accident offences

Fatal car accidents can cause irreparable harm in a family’s life. In financial terms, the loss of income can cause grave financial difficulties to families, and it can be difficult to see how to survive financially. Immediate issues like childcare and funeral costs can press upon families.

Compensation may help to ease the financial burden and help you and your family to move on.

Dealing with the repercussions of a car accident

Certain dependants may have a claim for financial losses that they have suffered. These claimants include:

  • The spouse or former spouse of the deceased
  • De facto spouses
  • Parents/guardians
  • Grandparents
  • Children
  • Grandchildren
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Uncles and aunts
  • The children of a brother, sister, uncle or aunt

The dependant must be able to prove that they have suffered financial loss as a result of the car accident. This may include funeral expenses and other expenses incurred because of the death.

It may also include the loss of earnings of the deceased that you previously relied upon, and the loss of services previously provided by the deceased, such as childcare and housework services.

The spouse or parent of a deceased person may additionally be able to claim for 'bereavement damages'. You may also be able to claim on behalf of the deceased for any pain or distress that the deceased suffered following their accident.

A civil claim for fatal accident compensation will not result in a punishment for the negligent party. This is generally pursued at the discretion of the police.

For information on other kinds of fatal accident, see our page on fatal accidents.

Are you dealing with the consequences of a fatal car accident and require legal assistance? Contact Law can put you in touch with a criminal motoring lawyer if you wish to pursue the car driver for a criminal offence, or a personal injury lawyer if you wish to recover compensation for any financial loss suffered as a result of the car accident. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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