Wrongful Death Lawsuits


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This web site does not encourage or discourage the filing of wrongful death lawsuits. This is a private matter that must be decided by the family of a victim. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit does not mean a family is trying to profit from a tragedy.  (Although those that file a lawsuit within days of a tragedy raise eyebrows) While a hit and run driver may receive a prison sentence for their crime, they will be free someday - something that can not be said for the deceased victim. In a wrongful death lawsuit in most states, negligence on the part of the driver must be proveable. In many cases of hit and run, it is the victim who was at fault and a terrible accident becomes a crime only by the innocent party fleeing. This would not prove to be gross negligence on the driver.

All information on this page is subject to error and you should seek out a lawyer or attorney in your area that specialize in filing wrongful death lawsuits . He or she is your best source of information on your state laws.


Statute of Limitations of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Alabama - 2 years
Alaska - 2 years
Arizona - 2 years
Arkansas - 3 years
California - 2 year s
Colorado - 3 years
Connecticut - 2 years
Delaware - 2 years
District of Columbia - 1 year
Florida - 4 years
Georgia - 2 years
Hawaii - 2 years
Idaho - 2 years
Illinois - 2 years
Indiana - 2 years
Iowa - 2 years
Kansas - 2 years
Kentucky - 1 year
Louisiana - 1 year
Maine - 2 years
Maryland - 3 years
Massachusetts - 3 years
Michigan - 3 years
Minnesota - 3 years
Mississippi - 3 years
Missouri - 3 years
Montana - 3 years
Nebraska - 2years
Nevada - 2 years
New Hampshire - 3 years
New Jersey - 2 years
New Mexico - 3 years
New York - 2 years
North Carolina - 2 years
North Dakota - 2 years
Ohio - 2 years
Oklahoma - 2 years
Oregon - 3 years
Pennsylvania - 2 years
Rhode Island - 3 years
South Carolina - 3 years
South Dakota - 3 years
Tennessee - 1 year
Texas - 2 years
Utah - 2 years
Vermont - 2 years
Virginia - 2 years
Washington - 3 years
West Virginia - 2 years
Wisconsin - 3 years
Wyoming - 2 years


Information on Wrongful Death Lawsuits


Personal observation - I have noticed in a few cases where wrongful death lawsuits were settled 'before' a driver was sentenced, that the sentence they received was minimal. It may or may not have had any impact on the judges decision, but something worth asking your attorney.



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