Michigan is a state with deep-rooted ties to the automobile industry. After all, it is the original home of the Big Three domestic manufacturers. Although some of these companies have moved their factories in recent years, Michigan remains a state that has citizens who pride themselves on motor vehicle ownership.
While there is a degree of independence and freedom that comes from having your own vehicle, there is also inherent risk. People get hurt and killed every day on the roads in Michigan. Many times, these crashes result from one person’s mistakes behind the wheel. If you have recently lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim under Michigan law.
What is a wrongful death claim?
Typically speaking, Michigan defines a wrongful death as a death caused by negligence or a wrongful act on the part of another person. Negligence could include failing to maintain a vehicle in a safe and road-worthy condition. Wrongful acts, on the other hand, could include something like choosing to text while driving or driving after drinking alcohol.
The direct family members of the deceased have the right to file a wrongful death claim in Michigan. Spouses and children receive first priority, although parents, siblings and grandparents can also file a claim. If the deceased does not have any of these, Michigan also allows the executor of the estate to bring a claim in a wrongful death situation.
Your family may have the right to compensation for financial losses
The emotional and social upheaval that follows an unexpected death is often one of the biggest impacts of a fatal crash. Many people get so wrapped up in the grief of such a loss that they overlook the Practical consequences for some time.
Losing a loved one can mean losing a substantial source of income for your family. It can also mean incurring expenses, including medical care prior to death, funeral costs and other expenses. Moreover, there is the loss of the support and services that this person would have provided to you, whether that was mowing your lawn or helping you fix your car.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows your family to seek financial compensation for all provable losses related to a wrongful death. Even when there is not sufficient evidence for a criminal conviction, a win in Civil Court may still be possible. It is important to carefully explore all of your options, as a wrongful death suit may often be the only way for your family to hold the person who caused the accident responsible for the loss he or she caused.