San Bernardino is no stranger to fatal accidents, with the most recent occurring in October of 2021. A driver hit a pedestrian and fled the scene of the accident. The driver was soon discovered by police and was booked on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The pedestrian, unfortunately, was not able to recover from the injuries caused by the drunk driver and died in the hospital. Sadly, there are several other types of factors that have contributed to wrongful deaths, including product defects, bicycle accidents, scooter accidents, and motor vehicle accidents. If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, we extend our deepest condolences to you.
At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our San Bernardino wrongful death attorneys are committed to fight for your justice. With our track record of winning more than 5,000 personal injury cases and recovering over $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we have been acknowledged as one of the top personal injury law firms in San Bernardino.
To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our San Bernardino personal injury law firm, please contact us by calling (909) 787-2178 or emailing [email protected].
For legal representation, California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 may allow a deceased victim’s immediate family, distant family, or significant other to file a lawsuit against the individual at-fault. Below, our San Bernardino wrongful death attorneys provide a more thorough explanation of eligibility.
You must determine who the at-fault party is in order to file a personal injury claim. However, prior to filing a claim, you should speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney. They will review your case to determine whether you should or should not file a claim against the party you believe is at-fault for the loss of your loved one. If the attorney gives you the green light, then you may begin collecting evidence and important documentation that will help support your claim.
Once you have gathered your proof, your attorney will look at your findings and help you build up your case. They will also negotiate with insurance companies to get you the maximum compensation and justice you and your family deserve.
Here are some important factors to consider when proving a wrongful death:
The plaintiff is required to provide convincing evidence to the jury. By doing so, it could leave a persuasive impact on the jury. This may result in the allegations against the defendant becoming more true than not true. If the plaintiff is unable to exhibit important evidence against the defendant, then the defendant will most likely win the settlement. Even though the defendant is not required to prove anything during the trial, they could still use affirmative defense. This will cause a reverse effect between the plaintiff and the defendant. The defendant may be required to prove that the defense should be applied.
Damages will be distributed based on the type of loss the deceased victim’s heir(s) is suffering from. Recoverable compensation for a wrongful death may include, but is not limited to, the following:
If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death due to another individual’s negligence, West Coast Trial Lawyers has San Bernardino wrongful death attorneys that have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. We will help you recover financial and emotional compensation for the losses you have suffered on behalf of your loved one.