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What you should know about wrongful deaths and car accidents

When someone you love is injured so badly in a car accident in Albuquerque that they die from their injuries, you may find yourself in a state of shock. You may even feel as if the situation is not real.

It is normal for you to feel this way. Last year, car accidents claimed 400,000 lives, states Fortune.com. Many of those victims left behind families and loved ones. As you and your family try to make sense of your lives and move on, you may find things are not as easy as they were before. 

The impact of wrongful death

In addition to the loss of a beloved family member, you no longer have their income to support you and your kids or their guidance and support. If their vehicle was the only one in the household, you might have to rely on other means to get around. You also have funeral and medical expenses to deal with on top of other financial obligations. As unfortunate as your situation is, you may be able to recover compensation for your loved one’s death if it was caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, states FindLaw. 

The challenge lies in proving that your relative’s accident was someone else’s fault. There are two types of compensation you may file for: noneconomic and economic. Noneconomic compensation pertains to the loss of love, guidance, affection, support and companionship. Economic damages pertain to the loss of your relative’s income and financial support. These damages can never replace your loved one’s life. But they can help to ease the financial burden that was left behind by their demise.

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