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Written by attorney Rodney Mesriani | Jun 14, 2012

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents: Claiming for Wrongful Death Compensation

Losing a loved one in a tragic motorcycle crash could be hugely devastating. Every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,000 people are killed due to motorcycle-related accidents. There are many factors that could cause fatal motorcycle accidents in the country, and these include, but are not limited to: • Failure of motor vehicle drivers to recognize or notice motorcyclists • Poor weather conditions that make the roads slippery • Presence of road hazards and debris • Alcohol intoxication The following are some of the possibly fatal injuries that motorcyclists can sustain in an accident: • Traumatic brain injury • Spinal cord injury • Paralysis • Head trauma • Deep cuts and wounds • Loss of blood • Brain concussions • Internal bleeding • Organ failure In case your loved one, who is a motorcyclist, gets involved in a fatal motorcycle-vehicle crash in Los Angeles and he was not the one at fault, your family may be eligible to claim for wrongful death compensations. Under California personal injury law, a driver who caused the death of any individual out of negligence should provide compensations to the victim’s family members. Accordingly, you may be entitled to wrongful death compensations if you are the deceased’s: • Spouse • Life partner • Child • Parent • Financial dependent • Distant family member Under the law, survivors of a wrongful death victim may be entitled to these types of injury compensations: • Hospital treatment bills of the victim • Funeral expenses • Loss of decedent’s financial support • Loss of inheritance • Loss of relation and care • Pain and suffering damages Claiming for the said compensations is not easy because it requires complicated dealings with insurance companies. Hence, it is logical to hire a personal injury lawyer who can represent the interests of the survivors. California wrongful death claimants are advised to seek legal assistance from an expert Los Angeles wrongful death attorney. A good wrongful death attorney can provide great assistance to survivors claiming for wrongful death payments in California. Some of the roles that a wrongful death lawyer can lend to clients include: • Assessment of the case • Establishing the negligence of the liable party involved for the survivors to become eligible for payments • Preparing and securing needed legal documents • Negotiating and bargaining with insurance companies for the survivors to receive high amount of wrongful death compensations.

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