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When does wrongful death happen?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Car Accidents, Commercial Truck Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful death

While wrongful death lawsuits can happen when there is purposeful intent, more often than not, the major source of these incidents is negligence. When people act recklessly and without regard for their surroundings, people can end up losing their lives. This is most common in such situations as:

Motorcycle crashes: visibility is a problem

Motorcycles are smaller and therefore less visible than cars. They also provide little to no protection in the road. In fact, the safest part of a motorcycle is probably the helmet.

Driver error behind the wheel

Car accidents can involve distracted driving, driving under the influence or both. Any driver can put their life or a pedestrian’s life on the line just by reading a text message.

A David and Goliath situation

Commercial trucks are enormous, so failing to signal a turn can result in a catastrophic truck accident. Commercial truck drivers also have little visibility from their side mirrors because they are so high above the road; overtaking them can be deadly.

Medical mistakes turning deadly

Medical malpractice and negligence in the hospital or in nursing homes can cause serious sicknesses and injury. Some illnesses manifest after a few years. It would be wise to go through check-ups following serious procedures to make sure your loved one was given the proper standard of care.

When should I call a lawyer?

In Minnesota, you only have a maximum of three years after the person’s death to file a wrongful death claim. If you act swiftly, you may recover some justice for the unjust death.

The minute you realize that you lost your loved one due to wrongful death is the best time to talk to a lawyer.