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Losing a loved one can be unbearable, especially if it is the result of a bicycle accident. According to Governing.com, Utah on average has 5 bicycle accident deaths a year. To some that may seem like a small number, but for those families that are affected by this statistic is devastating. We don’t want to try to say that we understand what you are going through. At Utah Bicycle Lawyers we can help you in starting a bicycle wrongful death case so you can get compensation for your loss.
What is a Wrongful Death Case?
When it comes to bicycles, a “wrongful death” is one when a cyclist is killed by the negligence of another. This can be by a car, truck, or even another bicycle. You may think that there isn’t much to do because of this tragedy, but you can. The family of the decedent has an entitlement to receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of love and companionship, and any other damage that is a result of this death.
What Should I Do?
We don’t want you to stress too much about all the legal stuff. You need to focus on your family. In a wrongful death case, there are a few things to keep in mind, though.
- Shorter Statue of Limitation: In a bicycle wrongful death case you only have 2 years to claim a lawsuit. In some cases if a government agency or official is involved, you only have 1 year. You will need an experienced bicycle accident lawyer to help.
- Legal Heirs and Representation: Utah has very specific laws concerning who are legal “heirs” in a wrongful death. Utah Code 78B-3-105 states that legal heirs to the decedent are the decedent’s spouse, children, parents, and other specifications. Also, if you choose to go through with this wrongful death case, you will need to represent all of the legal heirs of the decedent. You will need to represent the interest of the whole family, not your own or any one else. Talk to all the legal heirs and make sure this is what everyone wants to do.
Utah Bicycle Lawyers
We are sorry for this unfortunate event in your family’s life. The lawyers here at Utah Bicycle Lawyers promise that we will do everything that we can to help you. You have a right to be compensated for your loss. Contact us today and let’s get started.
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