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January 02, 2019

What should I do when a loved one is killed in an automobile collision?

Posted by Dan Dewoskin in Articles, Auto Accident, Civil, Personal Injury, Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

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Some of the most difficult conversations we have with clients occur very soon after a horrible event has taken place.  There are no words that can be said after the loss of a loved one that can replace what has been taken away.  The void is often everlasting, even though time does help to heal some of the pain.

For us, the difficulty is in having these tough conversations at very sensitive times.  We have an obligation to our clients to preserve evidence and ensure that the loss of a loved one in a car wreck is not made worse by a compromised investigation.  In order for us to get a full understanding of what has been taken, it is vital for us to meet with the family and learn as much about everyone involved early on.  From there, we continue to listen and learn so that when the time comes and we have all the information we need, we can advocate for the full measure of compensation for our clients.

When these clients come to us, their worlds have been turned upside down.  In the very midst of their grieving, they are often not only making funeral arrangements, but scrambling to figure out how they will pay bills, continue to maintain a household for the kids and return to work, and respond to letters from insurance companies and others that fill their mailboxes.

Our job is relieve as much of this burden as we can.  We access several different resources to provide knowledgeable counseling for our clients.  We reach out to insurance companies and advise them that our clients are represented and work to coordinate all points of contact so that the letters and paperwork do not pile up and overwhelm grieving families.  Although calling a lawyer immediately after losing a husband, wife, or partner can feel like it does not properly honor the loss, it helps to allow a period of quiet mourning while having the peace of mind that someone is, in fact, making sure that everything that needs to be done is getting done.

If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a car wreck, do not wait to reach out for help.  It is always best to have a clear mind and know all of your options before trying to speak with insurance companies, bill collectors, and others in the midst of a crisis.  Having an experienced attorney can make dealing with a loss easier in the most difficult of times.

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Author: Dan Dewoskin