Wrongful Death Claims Following a Wheeling Car Accident
Losing a loved one in an accident is one of the most tragic things a family can experience. However, when the accident that claimed your loved one’s life was entirely preventable, it only adds to the tragedy. While this is something that no family should ever need to experience, the fact remains that dozens of Wheeling families are confronted with this very reality each year. At the law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, for nearly 40 years, we’ve been aggressively representing the interests of Wheeling accident victims and their families. We can help you hold the driver responsible for your loved one’s death legally responsible for your losses and, in the process, connect your family with meaningful compensation for what you’ve been through.
Where Do Wheeling Car Accidents Occur?
Wheeling is not a large city. In fact, according to the most recently available census data, the population of Wheeling is just 39,137. However, Wheeling is located within a short distance of Chicago and right off Interstate 294, making it a commonly traveled route.
Some of the most dangerous roads in Wheeling include:
- Dundee Road
- Elmhurst Road
- Milwaukee Avenue
- Hintz Road
- Palatine Road
- Rand Road
Of course, a fatal Wheeling car accident can occur anywhere. If your loved one was killed in an accident, your family deserves compensation for what they’ve been through. The wrongful death attorneys at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg can help.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Preventable accidents are the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the fourth-leading cause of death in Illinois. Every year in Illinois, thousands of people die as the result of an accident; many of these preventable deaths occur as the result of a fatal car accident.
In fact, according to the most recently available data from the Centers for Disease Control, there were over 6,000 preventable deaths in Illinois in 2017 alone. On average, these accidents result in an annual medical cost of about $15 million per year and a total wage loss of more than $1.3 billion.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of personal injury claim brought by the personal representative of a deceased accident victim’s estate. A personal representative is the person whom the accident victim designated to take care of their affairs after they die. However, if an accident victim did not name a personal representative in their will, the court will appoint one. In most cases, family members serve as the personal representative.
Under Illinois law, a wrongful death involves a death brought about by another’s “wrongful act, neglect, or default.” In most fatal Wheeling car accident cases, a wrongful death is one that was caused by another motorist’s negligence.
Damages in a Wheeling Wrongful Death Claim
Families experiencing the death of a loved one face tremendous challenges in the wake of the accident. Not only are families forced to continue on without their loved ones, in many cases, they are also deprived of the financial benefits their loved ones provided.
Under Illinois law, families that successfully bring a wrongful death claim following a fatal Wheeling car accident can recover for the following:
- The loss of financial support their loved one would have provided, including their lost wages and other benefits;
- The loss of instruction, education, and training the accident victim would have provided to their surviving children;
- The loss of society and companionship the accident victim would have provided to their surviving spouse; and
- The emotional grief surviving loved ones experience as a result of their loss.
Unlike many other states, Illinois does not place a cap on the maximum amount of damages a family can recover in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Discuss Your Case with a Compassionate Wheeling Car Accident Lawyer
If you lost a loved one in a Wheeling car accident, you are undoubtedly going through a very difficult time. At Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, we recognize the challenges your family is facing and are here to help in any way we can. Our Wheeling fatal car accident attorneys have been helping grieving families obtain the compensation they need and deserve for nearly 40 years. Over this time, we’ve helped countless families hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg offer all potential clients a free consultation during which you will speak directly to a car accident attorney, who will assess the facts of your case and advise you of your rights.
As part of the Briskman Guarantee, if you bring us onto your case, we will never bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Wheeling wrongful death lawyer, give us a call at 877-595-4878. You can also connect with us through our online contact form.