What are Your Rights if a Drunk Driver Killed Your Spouse?
More than 10,000 people in the United States die each year in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than ten percent of those fatalities occurred here in California.
If your spouse is one of those unfortunately killed by a drunk driver, this information may be useful to you in understanding what you need to do during this difficult time.
If your spouse was killed by a drunk driver, then California law entitles you as a surviving spouse compensation for the negligent killing of your spouse. Though in a grieving period which is often difficult and too emotional, it is important to talk to an experienced wrongful death lawyer who can explain to you what your rights are.
The Right to File a Claim
As noted above, as the surviving spouse of someone who was killed by a negligent drunk driver, you have a right under California law to file a wrongful death case.
A wrongful death case will hold the negligent drunk driver responsible and accountable for their negligent conduct that caused the death of your loved one. The case can also help you recover monetary compensation to help you cope and deal with the financial consequences of the wrongful death.
You, as the surviving spouse of someone killed by a drunk driver, are entitled to monetary damages for your spouse’s lost wages and lost earning capacity, for your pain, suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of and consortium. You may also be able to recover money for your spouse’s final medical bills and funeral expenses.
Call a Beverly Hills Personal Injury Attorney
If your spouse was killed by a negligent driver who was driving while impaired, you have rights under the law that can help you cope with the death of your loved one. Call us at 310.478.5800 or reach us online today for a free consultation.