When Negligence Leads To Fatal Accidents

For over a decade, we've helped clients who have lost loved ones in accidents that resulted from negligence or intentional wrongdoing. Particularly in fatal motor vehicle crashes - car collisions, truck and motorcycle accidents and even drunk boating mishaps - the person or party liable for the accident may have been reckless or careless. At the Stover Law Group, we help victims' families seek justice and accountability by filing wrongful death lawsuits.

Having practiced as a wrongful death lawyer in Nashville since 2000, William H. Stover is well-prepared to help you obtain compensation for losses associated with the death of a loved one. Of course, no amount of money can truly compensate for what you've lost; but with help from our experienced attorney, you can recover the following in a wrongful death claim:

  • Coverage of funeral and burial expenses
  • Payment of any outstanding medical bills having to do with the accident
  • Benefits and wages that your loved one would have contributed to your family or household
  • Consideration for loss of companionship and other emotional pain and suffering

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Nashville?

In Tennessee, only those with legal standing may file a claim for wrongful death. The general guideline is immediate family members or someone designated in an estate plan or last will and testament. More specifically, those designated as having legal standing include the following:

  • An estate administrator or executor as indicated by the deceased's estate plan
  • A surviving spouse of the deceased
  • A surviving adult child of the deceased
  • The parents of the deceased
  • An immediate sibling of the deceased

Oftentimes more than one immediate family member expresses interest in filing a lawsuit claiming wrongful death in Nashville. At our law firm, we work with families to determine who should file a claim for compensation and how to fairly involve all survivors and beneficiaries. The statute of limitations only accepts wrongful death cases filed within one year of the death, so it is important to act quickly.

Accidents That Lead To Wrongful Death

Fatal accidents are the most common causes of wrongful death. According to the most recent available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 32,885 individuals were killed in 30,196 fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2010, nearly 40 percent of which involved passenger cars and over 10 percent of which involved motorcycles. As an experienced personal injury attorney, he understands the many negligence-related factors that contribute to accidents and can identify when these factors lead to the wrongful death of your loved one. These causes include the following:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Reckless or aggressive drivers
  • Vehicle defects having to do with manufacturing, design or mechanical failure
  • Obstructed or unmaintained roadways
  • DUI/drunk driving, which is a criminal offense

Choose A Reliable Advocate As Your Nashville Wrongful Death Lawyer

If your loved one died as a result of negligence, recklessness or an intentional act of malice, we can help you take legal action. To learn more about how the Stover Law Group supports personal injury clients, call the law firm at 615-649-6278 or contact us online. We represent clients in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Gallatin, Shelbyville and Lebanon.