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Losing a loved one in a traffic accident is a devastating loss that leaves family and friends heartbroken for life. Unfortunately, a majority of these fatalities are preventable, and many of them have an at-fault party who can be held liable.

There are a number of dangerous driving behaviors that can cause a fatal accident to occur, including:

  • Distracted driving, such as eating, texting, or applying makeup while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Reckless driving or non-compliance with road laws, such as unsafe passing or failure to yield before taking an unprotected left
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued/tired driving

Sometimes, parties beyond the drivers involved in the accident can also be found at fault. For example, a car may have been poorly manufactured or have a defective auto product (e.g., a defective airbag, gas tank, or steering system) that causes a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. In cases like this, the victim’s loved ones can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the car and parts manufacturers. If the crash was caused by poor road conditions, they may have a case against the party that should have been maintaining it.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Nevada?

Only certain parties can file a wrongful death claim in the State of Nevada:

  • The deceased’s personal representative (typically named in their will).
  • Their surviving spouse, registered domestic partner, or child(ren).
  • If the person has no surviving spouse or children, their parents can file a claim.
  • If an individual has none of the above, their closest living relative will be identified

If you are interested in filing a wrongful death claim, consulting with a knowledgeable car accident attorney will help you to understand and go through the process of doing so. You deserve compensation for the damages, suffering, and pain you have experienced.

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