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4 reasons to consider filing a wrongful death claim

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Wrongful Death

Tragedy can strike unexpectedly, leaving families grappling with the devastating consequences of a DUI-related incident.

When a loved one loses their life due to the negligence of someone driving under the influence, it is important to understand the options available to seek justice. One avenue to consider is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

1. Accountability for reckless behavior

In DUI-related incidents, the responsible party often engages in reckless behavior by choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit holds these individuals accountable for their actions.

2. Financial consequences for the wrongdoer

In addition to criminal charges, a wrongful death lawsuit can impose financial consequences on the individual responsible for the DUI-related incident. This financial accountability is not only a form of restitution for the losses incurred but can also help alleviate the economic burden placed on the surviving family members.

3. Closure and healing for surviving family members

The emotional toll of losing a loved one in a DUI-related incident is immeasurable. Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can provide a sense of closure for surviving family members by actively seeking justice for their departed loved one. While legal proceedings cannot bring back the person lost, they can contribute to the healing process.

4. Promoting community safety

By taking legal action in a DUI-related wrongful death case, you contribute to the broader goal of promoting community safety. Holding individuals accountable for driving under the influence helps reinforce the importance of responsible and safe behavior on the roads.

In 2020, DUI-related accidents accounted for 48% of crash fatalities in California. Along with getting some form of closure, a wrongful death DUI claim serves as a public demonstration of the severe consequences that can result from driving under the influence.