The recent study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) which revealed that Los Angeles drivers kill pedestrians and bicyclist at a significantly higher rate than other motorists across the country further supports the 2009 findings of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
The CDHP previously reported that road accidents are considered as one of the top five reasons of deaths in the United States. This confirms that more people are getting killed in traffic accidents than in ailments and other diseases.
Many of these accidents occur in Los Angeles, California, with some 10,608 people getting killed in road accidents. It is then possible that some of the surviving relatives of the deceased were left to fend for their own. In case they would like to file a lawsuit to recover damages awards that they could use for starting over, they would need the assistance of a Los Angeles injury attorney.
Since the case is likely to fall under wrongful death once it is filed in court, this professional can help through gathering evidences and contacting witnesses. Aside from these tasks, the lawyer may also protect the client from the possible tricks of the opposing party.
Basically, wrongful death is defined as a civil lawsuit that aims to prosecute the liable party and prove that the demise of a relative was caused by negligence. On the other hand, negligence is the failure to act accordingly in a situation that requires due care. The negligent party could be an entity, company or organization. Further, if the accident occurs in California, any person, blood-related or not with the victim, can file a wrongful death claim against the liable party. The only qualification requirement is that the person who is not blood-related to the decedent is affected financially.
Under the tort laws, it is the responsibility of the liable party to pay for the losses of the relatives. The surviving family relatives are also required to choose a personal representative for their complaint. Lawyers could act as personal representatives if the client permits them to.