Can a passenger’s family sue the driver for a wrongful death after a fatal car accident? Absolutely. In California, a wrongful death occurs whenever someone loses their life due to the negligence of another driver. They don’t have to be in different vehicles. If the victim is not in the immediate family of the driver a wrongful death action should be brought on behalf of the victim’s family.
These cases can be quite trying for the family. My name is Rivers Morrell and after 40 years of experience with wrongful death cases I can tell you it take endurance for the family of those who are lost. Especially when the driver who is responsible faces criminal charges such as a Fatal Felony DUI or vehicular manslaughter. The criminal case should be completed before the family pursues the civil and financial case of wrongful death. This allows facts to be established by the prosecutors, and this greatly strengthens the case of the family in the wrongful death action.
Fatal accidents are so sudden, and the family is in a state of shock. However, the wrongful death case should be filed fairly quickly so that witness statements can be taken while memories are fresh. Contacting my office actually relieves the family of many burdens. I handle all communications with insurance representatives and the Court on behalf of the family. This allows them to focus on one another, and supporting each other through a difficult and traumatic loss.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident we can sue the driver for a wrongful death. If you have lost a family member in a fatal car, truck or motorcycle accident I invite you to contact me personally for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. There is no cost to the family out of pocket. I work on a contingency fee basis. I will investigate the situation thoroughly and hold responsible parties accountable for your family’s loss.