Grieving After a Fatal Car Crash

Handling Grief After a Deadly Accident

Saying goodbye to somebody that you love is never easy, even though dying is a natural part of life. Learning to move on with your life without the support and love of your friend or family member can take time and often leaves people confused and upset. However, the process of grieving is usually even more difficult if your loved one’s death was caused by an accident that could have been prevented. Fatal accidents typically happen with no warning and people are faced with devastating news out of the blue. Knowing that the car accident could have been prevented can make it even harder, and many people have a hard time processing their feelings.

As a Corning wrongful death lawyer, I have worked with many people who have lost someone they love because of an accident caused by negligence and I have seen first-hand how difficult it can be to cope with grief. This article contains useful information regarding the grieving process after a wrongful death incident.

What is Wrongful Death?

When a person dies because of the negligence of another person or group of people, it is usually a case of “wrongful death.” People have a duty to practice reasonable caution and prevent harm. When people ignore this duty either by neglect or by reckless actions, the consequences can result in a fatality. When this happens, it’s considered “wrongful death” because a person’s life has wrongfully been taken away from them.

Some common examples of accidents that can result in wrongful death include vehicle collisions caused by an intoxicated or distracted driver, workplace injuries caused by defective safety gear or hazardous conditions, medical procedures that are not successful due to hospital errors, dog attacks in which the owner did not properly restrain their pet, and more. In all of these cases, somebody failed to uphold a duty of care.


After learning about a fatal accident, it is common for people to be overcome with emotions. These emotions can be confusing and often take months or even years to cope with. For many people, it isn’t possible to truly go back to how life was before such a tragic loss. The emotional stress of fatal accidents can also be the cause of serious health problems. People who’ve lost a loved one can suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Dealing with issues like these can also lead to stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and other negative health effects.

While it may feel like you will never be able to recover, there are ways that people can learn to cope with their feelings and make life easier with time. It’s important to understand how to accept your feelings and learn to live with them in a healthy way. However, the process of grieving can vary widely for each individual. To learn a bit more about what coping with the death of a loved one looks like, check out this video:

Getting Compensation

There isn’t any amount of money that can make up for the loss of a person you care about. However, fatal accidents often cause financial hardships in addition to emotional pain. Families who’ve lost an income earner often struggle to make ends meet while processing their grief. I believe that negligent parties deserve to be held responsible for the damage they cause, and this can be done through filing wrongful death claims.

Wrongful death claims attempt to provide grieving families with the financial compensation they need to have stability after a traumatic loss. Recoverable damages include funeral costs, emotional damages, loss of income, loss of services, and more. Because these cases can vary widely depending on the specific details of an accident, it is best to have the advice of a trusted Corning wrongful death lawyer before deciding to take any legal action. Most injury lawyers will be happy to give you a free phone consultation.

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Corning Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Corning wrongful death lawyer. When accidents cost lives, it can devastate families. If a fatal crash has affected your household, call my office at (530) 392-9400 and speak to me so I can give you free, friendly case advice. If you live out of the area, you can use (800) 404-5400 to get in touch.

My firm has assisted Corning area residents with wrongful death cases for 37 years. You can see how my clients have recovered financially at my firm’s settlements and verdicts page. I also encourage you to take some time and browse through my reviews on:

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