If my child was killed by a DWI driver, what are my legal options?
If you have suffered the unimaginable tragedy of losing your child in an avoidable accident, it may be in your best interest to contact a Montgomery County, MD DWI lawyer. You may likely have the desire to help prevent another parent from experiencing a similar nightmare. Every year, people who are driving while impaired (DWI) fatally injure innocent victims, including children. Many law firms have helped families pursue justice when it seemed that all other avenues had failed. In fact, a skilled law firm may be able to help you send a message to the community at large that such behavior is reprehensible. We may also be able to negotiate a substantial settlement which will punish the DWI driver as well as cover the medical bills and other costs associated with your child’s passing. No amount of money can bring your child back, but your legal actions with the help of a Montgomery County, MD DWI lawyer may help to prevent another senseless loss.
Though a DWI is a motor vehicle offense, it is also a criminal offense. Should the state’s prosecutor decide to pursue criminal charges against the accused, if a plea bargain is not negotiated, a trial will be scheduled. Regardless of whether or not the driver is convicted, if you have reason to believe that person is responsible for your child’s death, you have legal recourse in the form of a civil lawsuit. More specifically in these circumstances, you can file a wrongful death suit against the driver, which an experienced Montgomery County, MD DWI lawyer can do.
Wrongful Death Suits
A wrongful death suit is a type of civil lawsuit that a qualified person can bring against the party they believe is responsible for the death of their loved one. Even if the driver was convicted of a DWI and is incarcerated as a result, you can move forward with a lawsuit with the help of a lawyer. There is a statute of limitations which sets a deadline by when you must file the suit. Your lawyer can determine when that deadline will pass and by when your wrongful death lawsuit must be initiated.
A skilled Montgomery County, MD DWI lawyer will know that eligibility for filing a wrongful death suit is limited and controlled by the court in an effort to minimize frivolous lawsuits. For example, if a well-known and popular public figure is killed by someone, simply being a big fan of that person is not reason enough to file a wrongful death suit against the killer. If your child was killed by a DWI driver, a judge may determine that you are qualified to file a wrongful death suit against the driver with the help of a lawyer. In advance of filing the lawsuit, a DWI lawyer can review your case and provide their perspective as to whether or not you have a strong case against the driver.
Call a Montgomery County, MD DWI lawyer today and schedule a free consultation for you to learn more.
Get the Justice Your Loved One Deserves
A wrongful death suit against a DWI driver can send a message that their behavior is not acceptable. It can also set an example to others that being impaired while driving is not okay. Talk to a DWI lawyer from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. to learn more about your legal options after scheduling a free consultation.