Car accidents happen every day, but you never expect that one will happen to someone you love. When the accident results in the death of your loved one, you may wonder what happens next. A fatal car accident affects more people than just those in the vehicles. It is an impact felt through multiple families that can cause a lifetime of consequences.
Immediately after a fatal accident, according to Edmunds, law enforcement begins to work on gathering evidence. This typically happens before the removal of the vehicles, but after emergency personnel treat victims. Law enforcement is often the first on the scene, so they will also divert traffic around the accident.
Investigating the scene
Officers will gather evidence at the scene of the accident, including taking pictures, talking to witnesses and checking skid marks. Others will use the evidence for legal means. The prosecutor will look information over to see if he or she wants to file any charges. An attorney may use it to build a civil case, and the insurance companies will use it to determine how to pay out on claims.
Determining your duties
Law enforcement often will need someone to identify the deceased person’s body, according to Brake, the road safety charity. This may mean that you or someone else close to your loved one will have to go to the morgue and look at the body to verify whether it is your loved one.
The steps you take after initially hearing about the death will depend largely on your relationship to the deceased. At this point, you can begin planning for the funeral and coordinating with family members and friends. You or someone else will have to inform everyone about the death. You may also begin a civil lawsuit if it was the wrongful death was the other driver’s fault. This may help cover expenses and enable you to feel that you get justice for your loved one.