Getting into a car accident and suffering from serious injuries can be impactful. However, something that can entirely change the lives of various people is the death of a loved one in a car wreck. Not everyone can survive a car accident. If your loved one was killed in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s fault, you deserve justice.
No amount of money can compensate for the loss of someone’s life. However, it can provide some sense of justice. That said, if you were part of an accident where your loved one died, you must know the proper steps to take. Speak to an attorney to know your options regarding how to deal legally with negligent drivers.
What happens immediately after a person is killed in a car accident?
If you have never been in a car accident or been in an accident where someone has died, you may not know what happens in the next few minutes and hours. Educating yourself on these factors is essential so you are not caught by surprise.
1. Emergency Personnel arrives.
When an accident occurs where someone has died, someone will call 911, and paramedics and emergency personnel will arrive along with law enforcement and the fire department. The medical team will have the equipment to take care of the victims injured in the accident and provide the necessary medication. They also identify the deceased victims at the accident site.
2. The coroner assesses the scene.
The next step is identifying and covering deceased individuals at the scene and waiting for the coroner. When the coroner arrives, they will assess the accident scene and determine how it happened. They will document essential pieces of evidence from the scene, such as taking photos, and videos, interviewing witnesses and making notes of details.
3. Transportation of the victims to the morgue.
After the coroner has assessed the scene, the dead body or bodies are transported to the morgue, and they further investigate the cause of death. If the coroner suspects that the accident was not the direct cause of the victim’s death, they may request an autopsy.
4. Funeral preparations.
After the essential tasks are done by the coroner, and the autopsy reports come in, the families can start preparing for the funeral. The victims’ bodies will be sent to their respective families and will be under their care from that point onwards.