South Lake Tahoe Wrongful Death Lawyer


If you are currently reading this webpage, you may have recently suffered the loss of someone you love due to a preventable accident. This situation can be challenging, and losing somebody without warning is often emotionally devastating. Furthermore, losing someone you love can also have a severe financial impact on you and your family.

Our job as accident lawyers is to help grieving families obtain compensation for their damages to recover and move forward with their lives.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our firm only takes on cases involving a significant or fatal injury. For this reason, we are experts in dealing with high-value accident cases. While focusing on major cases, we will work on several accident types. Some of the fatal injury types that our firm handles include:

Fatal Accidents in South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County

The following statistics reflect information reported by local traffic enforcement authorities such as the California Highway Patrol and South Lake Tahoe Police Department. According to the available data, 7,247 traumatic auto accidents occurred in El Dorado County, 394 of which occurred within the city limits of South Lake Tahoe. Of these 394 South Lake Tahoe collisions, 15 involved a fatal injury. Overall, there was a slightly higher rate of auto accident fatalities in South Lake Tahoe than throughout El Dorado County.

The most common causes of deadly accidents in the county during this period were:

  • DUI
  • Improper turning
  • Speeding
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Right-of-way violations
  • Pedestrian violations

Additionally, around two-thirds of fatal accidents in South Lake Tahoe happened on a highway within the city, and the highest rates of deadly collisions occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.

Understanding Accidents and Grief

Losing somebody that you love isn't ever easy. However, losing someone without warning can be especially difficult, and those dealing with grief after deadly accidents often have difficulty coping with their emotions. During such a traumatic time, it's common to feel overwhelmed by intense and confusing emotions.

There's no right way to grieve, but there are things that grieving individuals can do to find comfort. It's essential to do what you can to take care of yourself and to seek support from the people in your life that you love. If you would like to learn more about the grieving process, take a moment to watch the video below:

The Cost of Fatal Accidents

Families who've recently lost loved ones often face serious financial issues. The death of a person in your household can lead to losing your primary source of income. In other cases, families lose access to essential services that their loved ones used to take care of. Services like childcare, home maintenance, cleaning, and others can be costly to replace. Furthermore, families are often left with bills for medical services rendered before their loved one passes.

These severe issues may leave families unsure of how they can keep living their lives and recover after such a difficult loss.

Getting Help For Your Wrongful Death Claim

Thankfully, those whose lives have been impacted by fatal accidents can contact a South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyer for help. Families and dependents of people killed during accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties and/or insurance companies by filing a wrongful death claim. With the compensation available through wrongful death claims, families can often obtain the money they need for financial security during a tough time.

What Can My Family Recover?

The types of losses that can be recovered through wrongful death claims can be divided into two basic categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages describe losses with an identifiable price, like lost income, medical bills, funeral expenses, etc. Non-economic damages are related to more personal losses that are hard to put an exact price on. These can include loss of companionship, parental guidance, and other damages that have affected your and your family's well-being.

Calling an Attorney

You may not be sure whether or not you'll be able to obtain compensation through a wrongful death claim, but it is always a good idea to call an attorney. A skilled injury lawyer will be able to help you understand what payments you may be able to recover and advise you on your best next steps. Because most South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyers are happy to offer you a free phone consultation, there is nothing to lose by seeking professional legal help.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in South Lake Tahoe

The death of someone you love can greatly impact your family's life. For free and friendly advice about your wrongful death case, please call our South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyers at (800) 404-5400 and (530) 392-9400.

Our legal team has assisted people in South Lake Tahoe with wrongful death cases since 1982. If you want to see how we've been able to help our clients, take a moment to read through our settlements and verdicts.

Editor's Note: updated [cha 8.29.23] Image by Bohwan Lim from Pixabay ms cha [cs 884]

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