Automotive accidents are historically one of the most common causes for personal injury lawsuits; however, recent statistics show that guns are responsible for more wrongful deaths than car accidents in ten American states. Gun deaths are rising each year while deaths caused by traffic accidents are decreasing. Wrongful death lawyers can assist victims of shootings and victims’ families by helping them pursue a claim against the negligent party that caused the injury or death.
Due to increased federal safety regulations regarding the imposition of traffic guidelines and automotive product manufacturing, the number of highway deaths has dramatically decreased during the last few decades. Laws pertaining to mandatory seatbelt use, drunk driving and safety equipment have caused fewer wrongful deaths to occur. On the contrary, firearms are not subjected to federal safety regulations and are associated with more and more deaths each year. The Violence Policy Center reported that Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington had more gun deaths than traffic deaths in 2009. More than 31,000 deaths were attributed to gun use in 2009. This was only slightly below the number of deaths that were attributed to traffic deaths in 2009.
Firearms are currently the only consumer products that are not subject to federal regulations. Lobbyists are attempting to create and enforce new guidelines regarding firearms, such as:
In spite of the federal government’s lack of regulations regarding firearms, individuals who own firearms are still required to act in a reasonable manner when handling them. Individuals who act in a negligent or reckless manner that causes another person to sustain an injury may be held legally liable for the damages that they cause. Wrongful death lawyers assist victims who were injured or families who lost a loved one due to a negligent gun owner. He or she can help victims recover compensation for the damages that were sustained. Damages may include medical expenses, burial expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, lost wages and loss of consortium. Wrongful death lawyers often provide free consultations to potential clients, so families of wrongful death victims have nothing to lose by reaching out to them and inquiring about their legal rights.