Accidents resulting in wrongful death

wrongful death lawyer indianapolis, IN- wooden gavel on bookAccidents resulting in wrongful death can be devastating for a family. Indiana law allows surviving dependents of the victim to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible. A wrongful death lawyer in Indianapolis IN can help your family get the financial justice they deserve.

There is no amount of money…

Wrongful death lawyers work diligently to get families the compensation they deserve. A legal team understands that no amount of money will ever make up for the loss of a loved one, but they also understand that this loss often leaves families both emotionally and financially overwhelmed.

Causes of fatal car accidents

Our attorneys regularly work with the devastated families of deceased victims. And vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of fatal accidents that result in a wrongful death lawsuit. This is because of the large number of motorists on the roads. Each year, approximately 40,000 victims are killed in car crashes. Some of the negligent actions that cause fatal car accidents include:

Distracted driving

States around the country are working toward passing legislation with teeth that will not violate our civil rights. The purpose of the legislation is to circumvent drivers who interact with their phones & watches while operating a motor vehicle.

Drunk driving

Driving while intoxicated is as old as the hills. But these days, the courts have little tolerance for mixing alcohol with the operation of a motor vehicle.

Fatigued driving

The stress of commercial driving, particularly long-haul driving, is often a factor in accidents involving both cars and trucks. Lawyers representing families of deceased victims will scrutinize the logs of truck drivers and look for evidence of fatigue to determine if it was a factor.

Road conditions

In fatal accidents, a plaintiff’s lawyer must assess the road conditions at the time of the accident. Was the roadway engineered in an unsafe manner? Were potholes or loose gravel a factor?


Driving over the speed limit, and reckless driving is often a factor in fatal accidents. When witnesses do not come forward, cameras often provide the footage needed to prove that the at-fault driver was driving recklessly.

Weather conditions

Inclement weather may play a part in a wrongful death action. When the at-fault driver does not operate their vehicle consistent with inclement weather limitations, poor judgment may play a role in determining fault.

Large truck accidents causing death from injuries

A wrongful death lawyer in Indianapolis IN knows that commercial truck accidents are different than car accidents in several ways. Because of the commercial truck’s massive size and weight, the percentage of fatal truck accidents is much higher than fatal car accidents. Wrongful death lawsuits are also more complex than other vehicle accidents, often having multiple parties named as defendants in the lawsuit, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Some of the more common causes of crashes include:

  •       Failure to maintain the vehicle
  •       Inexperienced truck driver
  •       Loads not properly secured
  •       Mechanical failures
  •       Oversized loads
  •       Truck driver error
  •       Truck driver fatigue
  •       Truck driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

Motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents resulting in wrongful death

Each year roughly 5,000 motorcyclists, 6,000 pedestrians, and 900 cyclists are killed in accidents caused by negligent vehicle drivers. They are at a higher risk of dying from injuries in a crash compared to occupants in enclosed vehicles. 

Medical malpractice Causes

Patients and their families depend upon doctors and other medical professionals to provide care and treatment, and not harm a patient in such a way that they die from medical negligence. Wrongful death attorneys represent families for the following acts of malpractice leading to death:

  •       Birth injury
  •       Defective medical devices or medications
  •       Delayed or incorrect diagnosis
  •       Delayed or incorrect treatment
  •       Hospital negligence
  •       Lack of informed consent
  •       Medication errors
  •       Misdiagnosis
  •       Surgical errors

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, contact Ward & Ward Law Firm to meet with a dedicated Indianapolis IN wrongful death lawyer.


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