Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Losing a family member or loved one is a traumatic and devastating emotional experience. The situation becomes even more difficult to bear when negligence led to the loss of life. Wrongful death can result from medical malpractice, car, motorcycle or truck accidents and construction site accidents. A wrongful death always takes a family by surprise and the burial and unpaid medical costs can be substantial. It is important that you contact a law firm who knows how to properly handle wrongful death claims.

Our firm never rules out an option. We have obtained some of the largest monetary settlements in wrongful death cases in Virginia over the last ten years. We believe that it is important to look at every detail as early as possible in the case, as there is a statute of limitations in filing these claims. This is one of the most important legal decisions of your life. The pain and suffering you or your family has to endure is unacceptable and the appropriate parties should be held accountable for their actions.

Our firm, Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan has over one hundred years of combined legal experience and has won millions of dollars for its clients. Restitution is vital in these cases as they are one of the only ways to make you and your family whole, in financial terms. No one could possibly understand what you are going through but we can take legal action to pursue justice for your loved one and provide financial compensation for the tragic loss. We will guide you every step of the way to make the process as easy as possible.

Our firm is dedicated to each claim we file. We are committed to the families that ask for our help and we will do everything possible to fight for the compensation you deserve. We will fight aggressively for your case and our responsive and compassionate lawyers will keep you informed of the progress of your case through to its resolution.

Car Crash Kills Young Student Driver

Every adult remembers the day when they were finally able to get behind the wheel of a car and drive. Learning how to drive a car is one of the first steps towards adulthood, and in a way a step towards freedom. Being able to travel around at will can be considered such a benefit to our society, and many times we take it for granted. With driving come the responsibilities of the road, learning the ways of street and freeways, and the necessary tools to stay safe.

One of the biggest concerns today is the safety hazards that are caused by drivers using cell phones. The moment of distraction from the road is causing the deaths and injuries of thousands of people. In Columbus, Ohio a young 16 year old driving student was involved in a fatal car accident because another driver on the road was texting rather than paying attention to the other cars around him. Daniel Jacobs, 58, was arrested for aggravated vehicular manslaughter and he pleaded guilty knowing that the death of this young victim was his fault. Jacobs is now going to spend three and a half years in prison for his crime.

Dalton Ludwig was learning to drive when his training car was hit by Jacobs who not only was driving and distracted but also claims that his tire exploded. Once the car was hit, Dalton was then thrown into another parked car resulting in his death. Car accidents are unfortunately very common, though that doesn’t mean the families of the victim have to sit back and do nothing. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan today. This team has years of experience with personal injury cases that involve car accidents, and you deserve legal representation that will fight hard for you!

Is Distracted Driving That Dangerous?

Every year more than two million vehicles are involved in car accidents in the United States. In 2011 alone, the state of Virginia saw over 120,000 traffic accidents, with close to 64,000 people being injured, and 764 fatalities. One of the most common causes of car accidents in Virginia and across the U.S. is the distracted driver. One moment of inattention can lead to a tragedy that could have easily been avoided.

Driving distractions can come in many forms. The three main types of driver distraction occur when an individual takes their hands off the wheel for one reason or another, they take their eyes off the road, or they take their mind off their driving. Eating, changing channels on the radio, using the GPS, personal grooming, talking or texting on a cell phone, or just not paying attention due to wandering thoughts are all distractions to a driver.

Thus it is no surprise that distracted driving is one of the primary causes of vehicle accidents, and cell phone use alone contributes to 18% of all distraction-related fatalities in America. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a car accident you suspect was caused by a distracted driver, you need to contact a Virginia personal injury attorney from our firm right away.

Contact Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan today in order to schedule a confidential consultation and review of your case. Let our expertise provide you with the aggressive representation you deserve.