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What Happens if the At-Fault Driver Dies in the AccidentYou were involved in a fatal car crash. Fortunately for you, you survived. The other driver who crashed into you, however, died from catastrophic injuries. Your initial reaction may be one of sadness or remorse, but then you have no choice but to turn your attention to yourself and your own injuries. If the at-fault party has passed, who is going to pay for your medical expenses, loss of wages, and accruing out of pocket expenses? Plus who will be responsible for your emotional and mental trauma resulting from the remnants of the collision?

The answer will vary depending on the circumstances of your case. Typically, obtaining compensation comes down to two possible means: 

  • The insurer of the at-fault party’s vehicle
  • The at-fault party’s estate (if they were uninsured or underinsured). 

If neither of these options is viable, you may have to rely on your own resources and assets. An experienced car accident lawyer would be able to better evaluate the facts of your case and determine the best plan of action to get you the most compensation you are entitled to. If you are involved in an accident due to the negligent acts of another, contact the accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 949-727-9300.


Proving Your Case With the Decedent’s Insurance Policy

Even if the deceased had an insurance policy, it does not mean that the carrier will automatically accept fault and tender the full compensation that you deserve for your injuries. You will still have to prove your case and even hire an aggressive car accident attorney to get you the max money damages you deserve for your injuries.

Since the other party died, it is important that you fully document the accident. Doing so successfully will require you to get pertinent information, including but not limited to, personal information for any individuals who witnessed the accident. It is also important that you take as many pictures at the scene of the accident as possible – especially before the vehicles are moved from the point of rest following the crash.


Recovering Damages if the At-Fault Party is Deceased

If you have suffered injuries or your car was damaged in the crash, you need to make sure you keep copies of your medical report, the police report, and any receipts that you may have for the repair of your car or any cars you may have rented. Depending on the specific facts of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of earning
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Out of pocket expenses


Contact an Experienced Car Accident Claim Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced auto accident lawyers, please call 949-727-9300.

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Samer Habbas is a California attorney with over 18 years of experience in personal injury law. Throughout his career, he has successfully recovered over $300 million for his clients, solidifying his reputation as a leading advocate in the field.

Samer swiftly gained recognition for his adept negotiation skills and unwavering dedication to his clients. His practice spans a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, dog bites, funeral home abuse, premises liability, and wrongful death.

Samer is known for his compassionate approach and commitment to securing favorable outcomes for his clients. His expertise has earned him the trust and respect of both his clients and his peers within the legal community. He is also deeply invested in giving back to his community. He actively participates in pro bono work and volunteers his time to various charitable organizations. Samer is a champion for those who have been wronged, leveraging his extensive experience and expertise to make a meaningful difference in the lives of his clients and his community.