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Car Crash Fatalities

Car accidents happen everyday. In the United States, car accidents are a leading cause of death. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motor vehicle crashes result in more than 30,000 fatalities each year. The NHTSA has reported a rise in car crash fatalities in the first six months of 2015, and the Illinois Department of Transportation has also reported an 8% increase in the number of car crash fatalities for the state during that same time period.

The increase in car crash fatalities has led the NHTSA to push for safety initiatives that address the human behavioral issues that contribute to motor vehicle related deaths such as drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and speeding.

While improved vehicle designs and crash avoidance technology have made our vehicles safer overall, research has consistently shown that a significant portion of car crash fatalities are caused by human error. According to the NHTSA, one-third of motor vehicle deaths were caused by drunk driving, while distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all car crash fatalities in 2014. Distracted driving includes things like texting, emailing, eating, or talking on your cell phone while behind the wheel. Speeding was a factor in 28% of all car crash deaths and 2.6% of fatalities involved drowsy drivers. This data shows that even a responsible and safe driver, or vehicle passenger, can become the victim of a motor vehicle accident.

Wrongful Death Caused by a Car Accident

Losing a spouse, child, or parent is devastating no matter the circumstances and your life will never be the same. Knowing that your family member’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing can only add to the frustration and pain that you are experiencing. In addition to coping with the pain of losing your loved one, you may also be concerned about the financial security of your family going forward. The emotional and financial aftermath of such a tragedy can be overwhelming and you may be wondering what your next step should be. If you have lost a loved one due to a third party’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be able to recover:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of economic support
  • Pain and suffering caused by the loss of a loved one

How the Wrongful Death Attorneys at Staver Law Group Can Help

The compassionate and experienced wrongful death attorneys at Staver Law Group have helped countless families in the Chicago area pursue wrongful death claims to obtain the compensation that they deserve. We can explain your legal options, conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, and collect evidence to support your wrongful death claim. We understand how painful losing a loved one can be and we’re here to help shoulder the burden so that you can focus on the grieving process. Our dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys, can negotiate with insurance companies to help your family obtain a fair settlement or fight to achieve the maximum compensation in court if your case goes to trial.

Call us today at for a free consultation with one of our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys.