Philadelphia Fatal Car Accident Lawyer

While an auto accident may be minor and only cause small amounts of property damage, in some unfortunate cases the auto accident  could lead to a fatality. Under these devastating circumstances, it is hard to think about what steps to take next, which is why you need a Philadelphia fatal car accident attorney from The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. on your side to help you get through these horrible time. The Pearce Law firm deals with fatal accident cases and can help you through this difficult time.

If your family member has been involved in a Philadelphia auto accident victim, it is important to look at the circumstances of the case to determine whether or not you and your family should take the steps to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your deceased loved one and your family.

Wrongful Death Basics

As previously stated, a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by the family of a victim who was killed as the result of another person’s actions. In order for a wrongful death to ensue, your family member must not have been 100% at fault for the accident that ultimately caused his or her death, but was instead a result of the other party’s negligence or actions.  The wrongful party  does not necessarily have to be another driver, but could be a car manufacturer or even a driver in the same vehicle in which your loved one was traveling (if your loved one was a passenger).

Uninsured Drivers

It is unfortunate, but most wrongful death suits will fail due to the charged party not having adequate insurance under which the victim’s family can collect. Because this is such a common situation, having an attorney on your side is helpful because he or she will be able to look at other parties and your loved one’s own insurance policy from which compensation may be received. Often your loved one may be eligible for uninsured motorist coverage (UM) or underinsured motorist coverage (UIM).  This is insurance that your loved one paid for in case he or she was injured by someone who did not have adequate insurance.  Also, eligible defendants in a wrongful death case could include the auto manufacturer if the accident was caused by faulty equipment in the vehicle or maybe against the state or a property owner if the road was defective or not maintained safely.

Statute of Limitations in Wrongful Death Suits

Lawsuits are generally barred by a certain time limit in which you are allowed to bring a suit against another party. Each state has its own set of time limits determined by their own statutes and laws. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for an auto accident claim is two years from the time of the accident  If you have a valid claim for a wrongful death suit, it is important to file your case as soon as possible as once this two-year time frame ends, your time to file suit and receive proper compensation will be waived forever. While there are exceptions to this rule, courts are generally strict when it comes to following statutes of limitations; thus, it is imperative that you act quickly.  If you have a claim against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or other government entity, a potential plaintiff must give written notice of the injury to the Commonwealth or government unit within six months after an injury to his person or property.  Failure to file the notice within six months bars a lawsuit for the injured party.

Contact a Philadelphia Fatal Car Accident Attorney Today

It is always a heartbreaking and stressful time when you lose a loved one, but having the right attorney on your side can help to make that time less stressful. At The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., we will strive to give you the best help, advice, and services to help you initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact us today and let us review your situation to see if you have a valid case. We know that compensation will never bring back your loved one, but let us fight to take  some of the burden off that the victim’s death may have caused.