From medical malpractice to fatal car accidents, there are several ways in which a wrongful death can occur. It’s an alarming situation to think about but these tragic events happen more often than you would expect, and when they do, one of the best things to do (in addition to finding peace) is to contact a wrongful death lawyer.
The major causes of a wrongful death vary in accident types, but nonetheless, they are all just as severe as the other. We’ve statistics to show some of the most common forms of wrongful death and how frequently they occur per year. Here is what we’ve found.
Wrongful Deaths in Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the most common wrongful death cases to date, and most of these fatal accidents are usually the result of a driver’s negligence or recklessness. In the United States alone, there are around 37,000 fatalities in auto accidents. Things like distracted driving, speeding, roadway issues, drowsy driving and drunk driving make up most of these accidents.
Medical Malpractice Deaths
Medical malpractice is another daunting accident type that occurs more frequently than you might imagine here in the United States. Medical malpractice is one of the highest-ranking causes of wrongful death, accounting for around 90,000 deaths annually.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Around 50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. due to TBIs. These injuries can come as a side-effect to accidents ranging from workplace slip and falls to high-speed auto accidents.
Not only do workplace injuries contribute to TBIs, but they also lead to roughly 1,000 fatalities annually. Most of these wrongful deaths are related to some kind of brutal contact with heavy and damaged machinery, but then others are a result of workplace violence.
A wrongful death lawyer can help you build a claim in the event that someone you know is involved in an accident leading to a wrongful death. Contact us here at Robert J. DeBry and Associates if you’re in need of legal representation after a wrongful death.