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Filing a Virginia Wrongful Death Claim after a Fatal Accident

Every time we get into our cars and drive onto the road there are potential unknown dangers awaiting us. However, no one ever leaves their house for work in the morning expecting to be caught in a major car accident, much less one involving fatalities. When these tragic incidents occur, those who cause these accidents and the deaths resulting from them can be held accountable through a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit.

In a recent news report, a Virginia big-rig accident resulted in one fatality and significant traffic delays. Following a multi-vehicle crash on I-81 on a Friday afternoon, a box truck drove off the left side of the road before hitting a car and two tractor-trailers. One of the trucks proceeded to continue, driving off the left side of the road and into the median. Local authorities are still investigating the incident, and Virginia State Police Wytheville Division Crash Reconstruction and Motor Carrier Safety teams were on the scene retracing the steps of the fatal collision.

In Virginia, the law surrounding wrongful death lawsuits can be complicated. Not everyone can file a Virginia wrongful death claim, and the law is specific about who is eligible. According to state law, compensation for such claims can only be collected by surviving family members defined as “statutory beneficiaries.” The Code of Virginia meticulously highlights an order of priority concerning which relatives may file such claims on behalf of their loved ones who have passed.

Navigating the order of succession of statutory beneficiaries in Virginia can be challenging if you are unfamiliar with the law. First in line are spouses and children of the deceased, who have the primary authority to file wrongful death claims on behalf of their loved ones. Next, surviving grandchildren can file claims if their parents are deceased. If the deceased does not have a spouse, children, or grandchildren, then the deceased’s parents, siblings, or other relatives who were financially dependent on the deceased may file a claim.

Following a painful loss of a loved one, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from a family member’s mind. Virginia laws can often be complicated and confusing, and figuring out the intricacies may be overwhelming while also dealing with the grief associated with losing a loved one. This is why potential plaintiffs should consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney who can navigate the legal system on behalf of aggrieved family members, allowing them to focus on healing as they pursue the compensation they deserve.

Have You Been Injured in a Virginia Car Accident?

If you or someone you know has been recently injured or killed in a Virginia car accident, contact Robinson Law, PLLC. Our compassionate attorneys have years of experience helping our clients navigate the challenges of personal injury and wrongful death suits. The lawyers on our team are committed to assisting you on the road to recovery by helping you get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. To learn more, schedule your free consultation with us today to discuss your claim at (703) 649-4500.

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