In April of 2019, Maryland National Guard Staff Sgt. Dinora Aracely Flores of Damascus, MD, was stopped in a left-turn lane, waiting to make a left turn. Suddenly, a flatbed truck hit her vehicle from behind, pushing her into oncoming traffic, where a tractor-trailer struck her.
Staff Sgt. Flores died at the hospital shortly after that–she was 33 years old. In an instant, her life was over, and her family and loved ones were forced to pick up the pieces and mourn a life lost way too early.
Naturally, after reading a heartbreaking story such as this, one might wonder what they would do in the event of a fatal rear-end accident and how family and loved ones would proceed.
What You Should Do If a Loved One Is Injured or Killed in a Rear-End Accident
Hopefully, you will never need the services of The Lapidus Law Firm for this type of accident. But if you are in that situation, here are a few things you should do:
- Take time to care or grieve: Your life has been turned upside-down, and you’ll need a clearer head to make crucial decisions. Take the time you need to either care for your injured loved ones or mourn your loss. Of course, no amount of time will fully heal those wounds, but give yourself the space you need to see and think clearly for decisions that lie ahead.
- Hire representation from a qualified auto accident lawyer. In a situation involving a serious injury or death, you’re going to want legal representation from a compassionate, experienced, and successful team who understands fatal car accident claims and litigation.
What You Should NOT Do in This Situation
Do not talk to insurance companies–either your insurance company or the negligent party’s insurance company responsible for your loved one’s injuries or death – until you received guidance from your lawyer.
Odds are the insurance companies will offer to handle the legalities and will wind up offering you a settlement that more than likely will not provide the compensation you’ll need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and possibly even funeral expenses. Remember, insurance companies (even the ones representing you) are in business to make money. Offering you a large settlement is not in the best interest of their bottom lines, so they’ll likely try to get you to settle for less than what you deserve.
The Lapidus Law Firm: Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in DC and MD
In the wake of a serious or fatal rear-end accident, you will have enough on your plate–you shouldn’t need to deal with legal proceedings or insurance negotiations alone. That’s where the seasoned lawyers with The Lapidus Law Firm step in.
We will handle all of the legal details as well as discussions with insurance companies. While you will never hear us promise a large settlement, rest assured that our team will work diligently and tirelessly on your behalf and on behalf of the loved one you’ve lost or who has been injured to secure you a fair and reasonable settlement to help cover expenses.
What to Do After a Rear-End Fatal Accident/Advice for Loved Ones
If your loved one has been lost to a rear-end accident due to the negligence of someone else, you have our sincerest condolences. And know that The Lapidus Law Firm is here to help. Call us at (202) 785-5111 or (301) 852-7500 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation, so we can make justice work for you.