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Criminal Charges Related to Auto Accident Fatalities

Jan 25, 2011 @ 05:43 PM — by
Tagged with: Car Accidents | Personal Injury |

Salt Lake City car accident attorney Lynn Harris has decades of legal experience and can guide you through the difficult times following a car accident. Being in an auto accident can be an extremely traumatic experience, regardless of the severity of the accident, who you believe to be at fault, or your role in the collision. Any injuries sustained in the accident (both physical and emotional), along with loss of income from work missed, property damage, and insurance changes can significantly impact you and your family for years or even a lifetime.

If your loved one has been killed in a car accident, obtaining legal representation is vital to determining if criminal charges should be filed against the other driver and pursuing your financial entitlements under the law.

Auto Accident Fatalities and Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, auto accident fatalities have been a fact of life ever since cars first took to the public roads. According to 2006 data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 244 traffic fatalities in Utah alone in the year 2009. And everyone is vulnerable when it comes to accidents on the road — especially children: based on 2000 data from the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from two to 14 years old. If you have suffered the terrible misfortune of the wrongful death of a loved one in a car accident, an attorney can be counted on for compassionate, professional legal representation at this most difficult time.

Criminal Charges Related to Car Accidents

Criminal charges are a factor in many car accidents. A lawyer can explain the Utah criminal code regarding vehicular mishaps, including the laws involving intoxication due to alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, and hit and run cases. If your loved one was killed due to another person's negligence, Salt Lake City personal injury attorney Lynn Harris can determine if it is appropriate to file criminal charges in your case.

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