If you have lost a family member in a Virginia motorcycle accident, Rutter Mills wrongful death lawyers are here to help in any way possible. Research indicates motorists in vehicles are at fault in roughly 60 percent of motorcycle accidents. Other drivers often make a left in front of the motorcycle, pull in front of a biker going straight, speed, tailgate, and fail to yield right of way. In some cases, auto drivers are intoxicated or distracted by a device behind the wheel.
When another driver’s negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct causes a fatal traffic accident, surviving family members can recover compensation in civil court.
A Wrongful Death Attorney Helps Your Family Financially Recover
The whole world stops when a sudden tragic death occurs. As you grapple with what has happened, the bills start pouring in – the ambulance bill, the hospital stay, the funeral parlor, the florist, the burial costs. Then there are all the usual bills for mortgage or rent and utilities – but your loved one’s income is no longer contributing to the household. How do you purchase food, gas, and other necessities?
A wrongful death attorney can help you get a moratorium on some of these pressing bills while your case is pending, as well as help you find local resources like food pantries, survivor benefit programs, and grief counseling. Ultimately, your lawyer’s goal is to recover money for your family to cover:
- Unpaid medical bills that accumulated prior to death
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future income the decedent could have earned
- Non-monetary damages like loss of companionship, affection, support, and guidance.
A Wrongful Death Law Firm Answers Your Questions and Provides Support
There are so many questions following a motorcycle accident. What might have happened in those moments before the crash? Could the accident have been prevented? How much has your family lost?
Rutter Mills attorneys work hard with a team of investigators and outside experts to uncover the past and look ahead to the future. We know what a fair settlement offer looks like and our experience in these matters will help keep you from getting short-changed by the insurance company.
How and When to File A Wrongful Death Claim
The process begins with calling Rutter Mills motorcycle accident lawyers for a free consultation. Typically, a spouse calls to file the lawsuit. Children – whether biological, adopted, step, foster, or grand – may also be included in the suit. In cases where there is no spouse and dependents, a parent, sibling, or heir can then file.
The Commonwealth of Virginia generally allows family members to file within two years from the date of accident. Filing after this period of limitation will result in a judge summarily dismissing your claim. In rare cases, such as hit-and-run accidents where the perpetrator was initially unknown, the statute of limitations clock starts ticking upon knowledge of harm; this exception is called the discovery rule.
Unlike most states that go by comparative negligence, the Commonwealth of Virginia follows a law stating that an injured person cannot file a claim if he or she was, in any way, proximately responsible for contributing to the accident, so it’s important to find an aggressive team who will defend the reputation of your loved one and place blame irrefutably on the defendant, where it belongs.
If you are hurting, we are here to listen. Call Rutter Mills for a free consultation following a fatal motorcycle accident. We work on a contingency basis and charge nothing up front for our services. Our legal fee comes out of the settlement or recovery.
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