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Act quickly after loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2015 | Car Accidents |

Almost three years after the accident, an Ohio man has pled guilty to causing the death of a bicyclist by aggravated vehicular homicide. The man’s blood-alcohol level was just right above the legal limit, but this unusual case has a twist: the blood-alcohol level of the bicyclist was over the legal limit as well.

A 40-year-old man was driving his truck when he struck and killed another man, who was on a bicycle. Since the factual conditions of this accident are quite unclear and only two things are certain, both men were intoxicated and one man is dead, prosecutors offered the man who was driving the truck a plea bargain.

Time has a way of affecting the memory of witnesses. Evidence that could have been discovered through an investigation of the accident scene may be lost forever by the passage of time. For these reasons, the state requires plaintiffs who are injured in a car accident to sue the responsible party for negligence within two years from the date of the accident.

Cases brought for the loss of a loved one who was a fatal car accident victim must file a lawsuit for compensation within two years of the date of death. Failure to file a lawsuit within the period of the statute of limitations may result in the loss of the right to sue for damages.

Consulting with a personal injury attorney about a Madison auto accident should be done as soon after the date of the accident or, in the case of a fatal car accident, as soon after the death of the victim as possible. Getting legal advice early is the best way to avoid a statute of limitations problem.