My husband was killed in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. It turns out, the other driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. What are my rights?

First, we want to extend our condolences to you and your family. Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when the death is sudden and unexpected.

In California, there is something known as a wrongful death suit.  This type of lawsuit allows surviving family members to pursue legal action against the person who caused the death.  Generally, a claim would be brought against someone if his or her negligence resulted in your loved one’s death.  In a California wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to hold this person liable by recovering monetary compensation.

Spouses and dependants can find themselves suffering emotional distress, as well as unable to meet financial obligations. A wrongful death lawsuit is designed to hold the drunk driver liable and allow a spouse and dependants to go after the defendant for restitution and compensation resulting in emotional distress, trauma and loss of financial support.


This is an overwhelming time in your life and you probably have a lot of questions.  To find the answers you are looking for, contact one of our experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys at (800) 989-6385.  The consultation is free.

We have written extensively on wrongful death claims.  To learn more, read our articles: