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Ask An Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney: Is A Car Accident A Cause of Wrongful Death?


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4/28/2011
Shane Smith
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An average of thirty-one people die in Georgia car crashes each week.  Most of these deaths occur in the Atlanta area and are due to driver negligence.   In fact, most of the deaths can be considered wrongful deaths.
 
The term wrongful death refers to any death that is caused by the reckless, negligent or wrongful act of another party.  But, proving negligence in a wrongful death case can be complicated.

In order to prove a death was wrongful an Atlanta wrongful death attorney must show that the deceased person died due to negligence of another. Examples of negligence that may cause a fatal Georgia car accident include:

  • Drunk driving
  • Driving while impaired by legal or illegal drugs
  • Willful disregard of traffic laws
  • Driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian
 
An Atlanta wrongful death attorney must prove the cause of death and show that the driver who caused the accident knew he was engaging in risky behavior.
 
If you have lost a loved one in a Georgia car crash, you may be eligible for wrongful death damages. To learn more, read our article "How Are Damages Calculated in Atlanta Wrongful Death Cases?"
 
To discuss your own claim, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.

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