According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the first fatal car accident occurred in 1896 when a vehicle collided with a pedestrian in London. The first driver and passenger fatality took place later in 1899.
Although Britain's road safety record has greatly improved over the last century, fatal vehicle collisions still occur. RoSPA states that approximately five people die in traffic accidents every day.
The most common cause of vehicle accidents is "driver error", but factors such as speeding, drink driving, inexperience and careless motoring kill people every year.
If you have experienced harm on the roads, and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. However, the families of those killed in fatal car accidents might also be able to receive damages.
When a loved one dies, it can be a traumatic experience. Those going through bereavement may undergo a variety of different physical effects, such as stress, physical exhaustion, uncontrollable crying, depression, an ineffectual immune system or increased blood pressure.
These symptoms of bereavement can affect a person's employment or lifestyle – preventing them from completing tasks or fulfilling their usual duties.
A person may be able to cope with the loss of a loved one by talking and sharing their feelings with friends and family. Celebrating the deceased's achievements via a funeral or similar ceremony may also help friends and families come to terms with their bereavement. In some cases, seeking the advice of a medical professional may be of use.
However, families could also hold those responsible to account by claiming compensation with an experienced solicitor.
At YouClaim, we understand losing a family member can be a painful experience and we will show you the compassion and dignity you deserve.
If a loved one died in a car crash, and it was not their fault, you may be able to receive damages for your pain, suffering and loss of dependency.
Our legal solicitors have extensive experience in helping families claim compensation after losing a loved one, and any funds awarded can go towards providing lost and future earnings, cover funeral expenses or improve a person's quality of life.
To find out if you are entitled to compensation, please click "start claim" below or call YouClaim on 0800 10 757 95 and we will try to make the experience as stress-free and straightforward as possible.