Fatal Car Accident Lawyers Who Put Your Needs First
Count on us when it matters most. We can handle your wrongful death claim.
The death of a loved one can be a traumatic experience under any circumstances. If you have lost a family member in a fatal car accident, the flood of emotions can be overwhelming. You may be angry, frustrated or confused about what to do next. Even knowing what your options are might not be clear. That’s why it’s important to talk to someone who knows how to handle sensitive legal cases.
Our dedicated team of trial lawyers at Glaser & Ebbs can help you every step of the way. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience handing complex cases in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana. We have been there time and again for families in such situations. We know what needs to be done. We understand how the legal system works. Allow us to handle all the red tape often associated with such complex cases. That way, you can focus on what matters the most – grieving over the loss of your loved one.
Who can take legal action?
Indiana’s laws are very clear about who can take legal action in the event of a death in a car accident caused by another driver. In general, only immediate family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit or take other legal action after a fatal car crash. Immediate family members often include:
- Spouse (husband or wife)
- Parents of unmarried children
- Siblings or grandparents in certain circumstances
- Financial dependents or anyone who suffers financially as a result of a fatal accident.
If you are not sure if you’re eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal car accident, talk to an experienced attorney who thoroughly understands Indiana’s legal system. Each state is different. That’s why it’s always best to consult with a local lawyer familiar with Indiana’s unique laws.
What options are available to families?
As surviving family members, you often have several options available to you after a fatal motor vehicle accident. In general, such options often include:
- Accept a settlement offer from the at-driver’s insurance company or the insurance company for any other at-fault party.
- Negotiate a better settlement offer with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or any other at-fault party’s insurance company.
- File a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party and/or their insurance company.
There’s no single right answer for what you should do. Each case often presents its own unique challenges. What might be right for one accident might not apply to another fatal car crash. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider all your options. That’s why you should meet with a lawyer right away.
What expenses are covered in such claims?
Many people might not realize all the expenses that should be covered in a comprehensive wrongful death claim or lawsuit related to a fatal car crash. In general, you should be paid for all current and future expenses and anticipated loss of income. This may include:
- Emergency medical care immediately after the accident
- Hospital bills if your loved one was cared for in a hospital after the crash
- Surgical procedures
- Replacement income for how much they could have reasonably earned in the future
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
- Loss of consortium in certain circumstances
We realize such cases can be overwhelming. You probably don’t even want to think about such legal matters immediately after the accident. The sooner you take legal action, however, the better. The evidence you need to build the strongest possible legal case needs to be gathered right away. You also only have a limited amount of time to take legal action in Indiana. From the date of the crash, you only have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit or take other legal action. Don’t miss out on your family’s opportunity for justice. Talk to an Indiana attorney right away.
Get the support you need and deserve. Contact our law firm.
The stakes are high when it comes to many fatal car accidents. Your case could potentially be worth thousands of dollars or significantly more. As a result, don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver’s insurance company works hard to reduce or deny your claim.
They don’t intimidate us. We know how to take on insurance companies and stand up to them. As your lawyer, we will build the strongest possible legal case based on the facts. Many insurance companies agree to cooperate once they see we’re serious about your case. If not, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit or take other legal action on your family’s behalf.
Your best interests always come first here. Learn more about what we can do for you. Contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys after your car accident. We have offices in Fort Wayne and other locations conveniently located throughout Indiana.