Wrongful death refers to a claim by a plaintiff (not the victim) who seeks to recover damages for the unjust death of another caused by someone's negligent, reckless or intentional acts. There are no specific guidelines that dictate the means of death; however, wrongful death tort claims frequently occur in several circumstances:
- Medical malpractice, especially errors in surgery, diagnosis and/or prescriptions;
- Product defects;
- Automobile accidents, including truck and pedestrian accidents;
- Criminal acts such as murder, physical abuse or neglect.
Clayton County wrongful death attorney Shane Smith represents families who have lost loved ones in auto accidents, truck accidents, DUI accidents, pedestrian accidents or serious premises liability accidents.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, nine people were involved in a recent early morning four-vehicle accident between two cars, a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer. The truck apparently was turning left when a tractor-trailer struck it, killing the truck's driver and passenger and causing the big rig to flip on its side. This caused chain-reaction crashed that led to another driver's death.
Traffic signals were recently installed near the intersection and initial speculation was that the big rig driver may not have noticed the signal. If the big rig driver was distracted or not familiar with the new signal it could have contributed to the accident.
A party is guilty of negligence if he did not act in a way that a reasonably prudent person would under similar circumstances. If negligence was the reason for the accident and related deaths then the families of the victims may have grounds for filing wrongful death lawsuits.
You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.