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Facts to Know About Fatal Car Accidents

Fatal Car Accidents

What are Fatal Car Accidents?

Fatal car accidents, regardless of intent or circumstance in regards to the victim and the responsible party of the incident—are traffic accidents that are explicitly defined as an event where one or more motorists involved has suffered fatal injuries, which ultimately resulted in death.

Fatal car accidents can arise from a number of situations, but in most instances, there is a responsible party whose direct or indirect actions precipitated the death(s). Fatal car accidents cannot be classified as a uniform situation; individuals unfortunately die in car accidents for a variety of reasons, some of which cannot be controlled by either party involved. That being said, an evaluation of personal liability will analyze the driving habits of the parties involved and their compliance towards general traffic laws, such as speeding.

Due to the severity associated with fatal car accidents, the litigation and the subsequent legal process surrounding the incident is quite complex and will vary based on a case by case circumstance. Fatal car accidents will typically yield one of the following criminal charges: vehicular manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, or a murder claim. The delineation of the aforementioned charges is expressly rooted in the involved party’s use of the motor vehicle and their subsequent traffic activity.

That being said, the use of the vehicle to cause the intentional death in fatal car accidents is tried in a separate manner when compared to an individual who negligently or involuntarily caused the death of another with regard to a traffic accident and more specifically fatal car accidents.

Types of Fatal Car Accidents:

Sudden Death Fatal Car Accidents: These types of fatal car accidents result when a driver or passenger of a motor vehicle instantly dies to the severity of the crash. Typically sudden death fatal car accidents arise from excessive speeding or the involvement of a large vehicle in the accident.

Eventual Death Fatal Car Accidents: This form of fatal car accidents is classified as death sustained from the involvement in a vehicular accident that is not instant; a number of factors can be examined with regard to fatal car accidents which assume this classification, but most typically, the injuries suffered are of a fatal nature and were directly sparked by the accident itself.

Fatal Car Accident Litigation:

As stated earlier, fatal car accidents can take the form of a number of criminal charges. To expedite litigation a team of legal professionals will evaluate the judgment of the motorists involved, the presence of alcohol or narcotics, and both vehicle’s driving characteristics before the accident occurred. To deliver this information, a team of experts will evaluate the damages suffered by both cars as well as the presence of skid marks to approximate the speeds of the vehicles involved in the fatal car accident.

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