Wrongful Death Lawsuits After an Accident
An average of 200 people are killed annually in automobile accidents in Oklahoma caused by drunk drivers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have found yourself facing the aftermath of the untimely death of a family member at the hands of a drunk driver, you may have significant questions about your legal rights.
Who can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Oklahoma?
The laws in Oklahoma permit the personal representative of the deceased family member to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of the person killed in a car accident caused by drunk driver. In essence, the personal representative pursues the lawsuit to benefit the heirs to the deceased family member’s estate.
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The compensation awarded in a drunk driving wrongful death case depends upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. With that noted, the types of losses for which compensation oftentimes is awarded in this type of wrongful death case include:
- final medical expenses
- funeral and burial expenses
- lost companionship
- lost support or income
Oklahoma law also permits the award of punitive or exemplary damages in some cases. Punitive or exemplary damages are awarded when the conduct of the driver causing the accident that took the life of a family member is considered to be particularly reckless or egregious.
Retain a Skilled Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyer
The first step in fully protecting your legal interests in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident that has taken the life of a family member is to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Tulsa personal injury lawyer. A member of the legal team at the Sanders Law Firm stands ready to discuss your legal rights in a wrongful death case. There is no fee charged for an initial consultation with at attorney from the Sanders Law Firm.