Fatal Auto Accidents

Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers

The number of fatal auto accidents in the United States is rising after years of steady decreases. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that over 30,000 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2011. NHTSA’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) statistics found in 2014, 32,675 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes.

Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) found 38,300 people lost their lives in auto crashes in 2015, an 8 percent rise compared to the previous year. Provisional figures from the NSC point to a 9 percent year-on-year increase in traffic deaths in the first half of 2016. The spike in deaths comes at a time when new safety technology is being fitted in cars. It appears to have been fuelled by an improvement in the economy which has resulted in more cars on the roads.  Distracted driving is an escalating problem.

Virginia saw a slight decrease in the number of fatal wrecks from 2013 to 2014, when 700 people were killed on the highways of the Commonwealth, a 5.5 percent decrease year-on-year, according to the Virginia Highway Safety Office. In line with the national trend, road deaths rose in Virginia in 2015 when 753 people died on the highways of the Commonwealth, a 7.57 percent rise on 2014.

The leading causes of fatal auto accidents are drunk driving and distracted driving. Over the last few years the number of deaths attributable to distracted driving has increased. Apps like the messaging function on Snapchat which allows motorists to post photos of their vehicle’s speed and the Waze navigation app that rewards drivers who report congestions and crashes, are linked to an upsurge in distraction wrecks.

The truth is that any split-second lapse in judgment can rip a loved one away from your family, resulting in untold emotional and financial suffering. Loss of life from a preventable accident is a terrible tragedy for the husband, wife, children, and parents left behind.

The Most Deadly Types of Accident

The most deadly kind of accident is the head-on collision. While just 2 percent of accidents are head-on collisions, they cause 20 percent of deaths. Head-on collisions often occur on more rural roads where drivers speed up, lose control and cross a center line. We have seen fatal head-on collisions in recent years on Nansemond Parkway, Carolina Road and Route 58 in Suffolk, as well as Military Highway in Chesapeake, Jefferson Avenue in Newport News and NC 168 in North Carolina.

Hampton Roads has seen a spate of deaths caused by drivers who hit cars when they are broken down on the Interstates. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has helped the family members of people who have been killed when their car was hit after suffering mechanical problems.

Know Your Rights

When you lose a loved one in a car accident, you have a right to seek compensation from the negligent driver through a wrongful death lawsuit. Nothing can bring your loved one back or fill the space left by their absence, but practical considerations can be made to help your family face the uncertain future ahead.

If you are a surviving family member of someone who has been killed in a car accident, our Norfolk wrongful death lawyers can help you seek compensation for your losses, including damages such as:

  • The victim’s projected current and future wages
  • The victim’s projected future financial contributions (e.g. tuition or mortgages)
  • Funeral expenses
  • Any related medical expenses
  • Loss of companionship and other emotional losses suffered by surviving family members

While monetary compensation is a poor substitute for your loved one’s life, it will be a necessary consideration to ensure your family’s financial health and well-being well into the future.

Your Family is Our Family

Our Virginia wrongful death attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley view each client they take on as a member of their own family. We have a personal investment in helping families who have lost a loved one get everything they need to carry on. Filing a wrongful death case is not just about money; it can also help you find a sense of closure by holding the negligent driver accountable for your family member’s death.

We will be constantly available to you during every stage of your lawsuit. Everyone at our firm considers it an honor to provide comfort, support, and aggressive representation for families who have suffered these unnecessary losses, and we will do everything possible to ensure justice is served for your family.

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Our Virginia and North Carolina wrongful death attorneys John Cooperand Jim Hurley, Bill O’Mara, Griff O’Hanlon and Mike Snellings view each client they take on as a member of their own family. We have a personal investment in helping families who have lost a loved one get everything they need to carry on. Filing a wrongful death case is not just about money; it can also help you find a sense of closure by holding the negligent driver accountable for your family member’s death.

We will be constantly available to you during every stage of your lawsuit. Everyone at our firm considers it an honor to provide comfort, support, and aggressive representation for families who have suffered these unnecessary losses, and we will do everything possible to ensure justice is served for your family.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident because of someone else’s negligence, please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers have a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment at our client meeting locations.

John Cooper and Jim Hurley of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are the authors of The Best Book About Virginia Car Accidents & Injuries. You can order the book free here on our website.