Because motorcycles have fewer safety protections than cars, a motorcycle accident can lead to significant injuries and fatalities. When a person dies in a fatal motorcycle accident, their surviving loved ones may be unsure what to do next. While bringing a lawsuit may be the last thing on their mind, recovering compensation can help alleviate the medical, funeral, and burial expenses resulting from the accident. An experienced Virginia personal injury attorney can work with you to hold the responsible driver accountable for a motorcycle accident.
For example, according to a recent news story, one person tragically lost his life in a Virginia motorcycle accident. Virginia State Police reported that the Arlington, Virginia crash took place on southbound I-395 in the early morning. Three motorcyclists were traveling on the highway when a SUV struck all their motorcycles from behind. Two of the motorcyclists were transported to the hospital, where one sadly died from his injuries.
What Are the Elements of a Fatal Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
When a person dies in a Virginia motorcycle accident, their loved ones can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver. In Virginia, the deceased’s personal representative must file a wrongful death lawsuit, but the deceased’s loved ones may receive the resultant damages award. Virginia law allows representatives to bring a wrongful death action if the deceased could have sued if they survived. Therefore, to prevail on a wrongful death action, the plaintiff must prove all four elements of negligence. These include a duty of care, a breach of that duty, a causal link between the breach and the accident, and harm as a result of the accident.