San Bernardino Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
Expert Legal Guidance in the Aftermath of a Tragic Loss
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you are undoubtedly suffering a great deal of pain and grief. This pain is made even worse by the fact that you are left to deal with the aftermath of this tragedy on your own. At this point, you might be wondering what you will do next. You might also be wondering what you can do to seek justice for your loved one. Fortunately, you do not have to go through this process alone.
Our firm is here to help you through this difficult time. Attorney Scott J. Corwin can help you file the necessary claims and navigate the legal system to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. We can also help you find the peace of mind you need to begin healing.
What is Considered a Fatal Car Accident?
In California, any car accident that results in a death is considered a fatal accident. Fatal car accidents can occur in a variety of ways. They can happen when a driver falls asleep at the wheel and crashes into another vehicle or when a driver loses control of their vehicle and strikes a pedestrian.
In some cases, a fatal car accident can occur when a driver's vehicle breaks down on the road and another driver strikes the disabled vehicle. In all of these cases, a death has occurred, so the accident is considered fatal.
Wrongful Death Laws in California
Fatal car accident claims are generally categorized as wrongful death claims under California law. A wrongful death in the state is defined as the demise of an individual resulting from the careless actions or wrongful conduct of another party. This encompasses behaviors such as reckless driving, driving under the influence, or any other negligent behaviors leading to a fatal accident.
Under Californian law, specific individuals are authorized to file a wrongful death claim. This includes the surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, or other dependents. If none of these parties are present, other relatives who would inherit the deceased person's assets according to California's laws of intestate succession might be eligible to initiate a claim.
Succeeding in a wrongful death claim necessitates proving that the defendant's negligence or wrongful actions were pivotal in causing the accident and, consequently, the loss of life. This often entails accumulating evidence, statements from witnesses, reports from accident reconstruction experts, and more.
Considering the intricacies of legal proceedings and the emotional toll that such cases can take, it is highly recommended that claimants secure legal representation from a proficient personal injury attorney with expertise in handling wrongful death cases.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Fatal Car Accident Lawsuit?
When you file a fatal car accident lawsuit, you will be seeking compensation for your losses. You will be seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as your financial losses. You might be seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and funeral expenses. You can also seek compensation for your emotional trauma and the loss of your loved one's companionship and support.
In many fatal car accident cases, the negligent driver's insurance company will try to offer a low settlement. If they offer you an amount that you do not think is fair, you should consult with an attorney before accepting it. You should not make a decision on your own. Our San Bernardino fatal car accident lawyer can help you evaluate your claim and determine the most reasonable settlement amount. In some cases, we might be able to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Brain Damage $3,407,752
Boy sustains brain damage from trip and fall in pothole.
Bus Accident $2,782,954
Passenger injured when bus driver falls asleep and rolls bus.
Motorcycle Accident $2,300,000
City employee causes collision with police motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accident $2,100,000
Motorcyclist suffers brain injury in collision.
Motorcycle Accident $1,250,000
Vehicle turns left in front of motorcycle, causing collision.
Car Accident $1,250,000
Driver injured in collision with vehicle that crossed over into his lane.
Car Accident $1,000,000
Rear-end collision exacerbates pre-existing back condition.
Car Accident $1,000,000
Driver injured in nighttime collision with overturned big rig on highway.
Brain Injury $1,000,000
Rider injured on ferris wheel when struck in head by seat rack.
Car Accident Injury $850,000
Eight-year-old boy struck and killed by vehicle while crossing busy thoroughfare.
Fast, Favorable Resolutions
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand the importance of securing a favorable outcome in your case, fast. More than 95 percent of our clients’ cases settle within 5 to 9 months, and our clients are very satisfied with the results (see our client reviews!). We only file lawsuits when absolutely necessary, such as in cases where the defendant disputes liability or refuses to pay for the full extent of our client’s damages.
With more than 30 years in practice and over $175 million recovered for his clients, Scott is known for his aggressive approach to litigation. Some of his accolades include:
- Inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2007, a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all personal injury lawyers in the region
- Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer”
- Named a Top 25 Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association since 2010
- Maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo
At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we believe in developing strong attorney-client relationships built on honesty, trust, and communication. As a client, you will always receive direct, personal attention from Scott; your case will never be passed off to an associate or paralegal. Instead, you can always rely on dedicated representation from a highly experienced and award-winning attorney who is ready to fight for you.
Zero Upfront Fees
Our firm offers all personal injury and wrongful death legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees or expenses. Instead, we only get paid if and when we recover compensation for you. In the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you do not pay a dime. We also offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose in reaching out to our team today. Contact our firm 24/7 and we’ll get back to you within one business day.