Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident can leave you with more questions than answers. Can you file a lawsuit? How does the procedure operate? In a free consultation, the attorneys at San Gabriel Valley can put your mind at ease and answer your questions. If someone else is responsible for the motorcycle accident, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for the damages they caused.
What Takes Place Following a Fatal Motorcycle Accident?
- Police Will Investigate
After a fatal motorcycle accident, law enforcement officers will investigate the incident. Typically, they will collect photographic evidence and witness statements, then reconstruct the accident to determine the cause. Upon completion of their investigation, they issue an official police accident report.
- An Autopsy May Be Performed
In California, an autopsy is standard procedure when someone dies in an accident. The autopsy results pinpoint the exact cause of death, which may shed light on the collision’s cause.
- The At-Fault Person’s Insurance Provider Might Contact You
Dealing with an insurance adjuster following the passing of a loved one can be overwhelming. Additionally, it is unnecessary after hiring a motorcycle accident attorney. Refer the insurance company to your attorney if they contact you. If you haven’t had time to consult a lawyer, you should be cautious about what you say. Do not elaborate on the accident or agree to a recorded statement.
- You Could Be Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim
In California, families who lose a loved one due to the wrongdoing of another may file a wrongful death claim for compensation. The financial burden of funeral and burial costs lost financial support, and other costs can place a significant strain on your family. But you should not be left to bear the burdens on your own when another party is at fault.
Our attorneys can assist you in pursuing a financial settlement that reimburses you for these costs and compensates you for non-monetary losses. When a family member is lost, one loses their companionship, guidance, comfort, affection, and emotional support. Although no amount of money could ever make up for the loss of a loved one, the party responsible for their death should be held accountable for the irreparable harm they caused.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Wrongful Death Claim In California?
You have two years from the date of the decedent’s passing to file a claim for wrongful death against the party who was at fault. Most wrongful death claims are resolved through the use of settlements; however, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit in certain circumstances if you are unable to obtain a fair offer from the insurance company. Because the responsible party may ask the court to dismiss the case if it is not filed within the two-year window, it is imperative that you move quickly to avoid missing the deadline for filing the claim.
If someone else was responsible for the motorcycle accident that took the life of a member of your family, you have the right to seek justice. Get in touch with an attorney at the San Gabriel Valley right away. Our compassionate legal team is able to investigate your claim, determine liability, and immediately begin demanding compensation from the party who is responsible. That affords you the opportunity to grieve in tranquillity. To begin, please give us a call at (626) 602-9483.