When a loved one dies suddenly as the result of an accident, it can have devastating results on friends and family, but what happens when the incident was the fault of another? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that there were nearly 70,000 fatalities in 2017 due to accidental death, including falls and motor vehicle crashes. 

If you lost a loved one due to an accident, you may want to understand the facts about wrongful death and whether you can file a lawsuit against those you believe are responsible. 

Drunk driving  

While road accidents are often a common cause of death, those caused by drunk driving are usually the result of negligent actions by the driver. Those who are drunk and choose to get behind the wheel are responsible for their actions and may face a variety of charges along with any wrongful death lawsuit you choose to pursue. You may even ask the court for punitive damages to punish the individual, as drunk driving is an especially reckless act. 

Child endangerment  

The death of a child can deal a particularly hard blow, but when the death need not have happened, it is especially difficult. A lack of supervision or failure to intervene may both fall under the umbrella of negligence. For example, if your toddler’s babysitter fell asleep while on duty and the child poisoned himself by ingesting a household cleanser, you could likely sue for wrongful death. 

Motor vehicle crashes, falls and accidental overdoses are common causes of accidental death. However, when you lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may help bring you some closure.