Are you struggling with grief over the accidental death of a loved one in a collision? Sadness and loss can make even the act of getting out of bed and dressing each day seem like a gargantuan task.
There is no set time-table for grief. Some people can appear to be coping fine and getting on with their lives, only to collapse into paroxysms of weeping out of the blue. Others may never seem to move past their anger or sadness at all.
Seeking psychological counseling can benefit some who struggle with the grief process after the death of a loved one in an auto accident. But while counseling can help family members adjust to life without a parent, spouse, sibling or child, it does nothing to force the responsible party to be held accountable for your permanent loss.
Negligent drivers can face liability in two ways after the wrongful death of your loved one. First is through the adjudication of any criminal charges filed in the fatal auto accident that claimed your family member's life.
The second is through a civil case for wrongful death filed in the Illinois courts irrespective of any pending criminal actions against the at-fault driver. Since the standard of proof is lower in civil cases than it is in criminal cases, it is actually quite common for prosecutors to decline to press charges although families are still able to recover financial damages and compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
We can assist you with the civil component of any legal action against the negligent driver who caused your loved one's death. Visit our website to learn more.