Justice for families who have lost a loved one in a car accident

Oklahoma Public Safety reports on the staggering number of fatal car accidents in the state each year. In the most recently reported year, 654 people died in car accidents, with 27,418 suffering injuries. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, the responsible driver must be held accountable. A wrongful death claim can be filed to seek financial compensation for the family left behind.

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What is a wrongful death car accident?

A wrongful death case is filed when a “wrongful act or omission” by another party would have allowed the person to file a personal injury claim had the victim survived. These cases enable the close family to recover compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit against the negligent driver. At the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, our legal team understands that the family is dealing with one of life’s most devastating situations – the loss of a treasured family member, which could have been avoided had another driver acted responsibly.

An attorney at our offices can provide you with compassionate, personalized care while handling your claim or lawsuit for the wrongful death of your loved one.

Types of wrongful death car accidents

Wrongful death car accidents are the result of negligent driving conduct, which may involve the following:

  • Drunk driving
  • Drug-intoxicated driving
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Violations of traffic laws
  • Wrong-way driving
  • Street racing
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Elements in a wrongful death car accident case

A successful wrongful death case will require establishing the following elements in the case:

  • The accident led to fatal injuries.
  • The responsible driver had a “duty of care” to others sharing the roadway.
  • The duty of care was breached (violated) by the driver.
  • The fatality was caused by the breach.
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Types of compensation in wrongful death car accident claims

In Oklahoma, the types of compensation that can be sought in a wrongful death claim include:

Economic damages

These are damages that are meant to compensate the survivors for the monetary losses resulting from the death of their loved ones. Examples of economic damages include medical expenses, lost income the family member provided, current and future, along with funeral and burial costs,

Non-economic damages

These are damages that are meant to compensate the survivors for the more personal losses experienced due to the sudden death of a loved one. Examples of non-economic damages include loss of companionship and emotional anguish.

Punitive damages

In some cases which involve egregious driving conduct, punitive damages may also be awarded. These are damages that are meant to punish the defendant for wrongful conduct and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

Why choose us?

An auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, a leading personal injury litigation firm in Oklahoma City, can discuss your case and advise you on how to move forward with a wrongful death claim.

The responsible driver must be held accountable for their actions. The firm takes on wrongful death car accident cases with compassion, understanding, and exceptional legal skills. The firm tries cases and wins. The years of success in personal injury are a result of honesty, hard work, and dedication to families who face the tragic loss of a loved one.

While no amount of money could possibly compensate the family for the loss of a loved one, the damages sought can provide the support the family needs to survive. The damages pursued will include the financial losses associated with the medical expenses before death, funeral costs, and the loss of income the family member provided and would have earned throughout a lifetime had he or she lived. The firm assists families to rebuild and live a more secure future. Contact an Oklahoma City wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote to discuss your options to pursue justice for your family’s tragic loss.

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