South Lake Tahoe Wrongful Death Lawyer


If you are currently reading this webpage, you may have recently suffered the loss of someone you love due to a preventable accident. This situation can be challenging, and losing somebody without any warning is often emotionally devastating. Furthermore, the loss of someone you love can also have a severe financial impact on you and your family.

Our job as South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyers is to help grieving families obtain compensation for their damages so that they can recover and move forward with their lives.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our firm only takes on cases that involve either a major or fatal injury. For this reason, we are experts when it comes to dealing with high-value accident cases. While we do focus on major cases, there are several different accident types that we will work on. Some of the fatal injury types that our firm handles include:

Fatal Accidents in South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County

The following statistics reflect information reported by local traffic enforcement authorities such as the California Highway Patrol and South Lake Tahoe Police Department. According to the available data, a total of 7,247 traumatic auto accidents happened in El Dorado County, 394 of which occurred within the city limits of South Lake Tahoe. Out of these 394 South Lake Tahoe collisions, 15 involved a fatal injury. Overall, there was a slightly higher rate of auto accident fatalities in South Lake Tahoe than throughout El Dorado County.

The most common causes of deadly accidents in the county during this time period were:

  • DUI
  • Improper turning
  • Speeding
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Right-of-way violations
  • Pedestrian violations

Additionally, around two-thirds of fatal accidents in South Lake Tahoe happened on a highway within the city, and the highest rates of deadly collisions occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. during Fridays and Sundays.

Understanding Accidents and Grief

Losing somebody that you love isn’t ever easy. However, losing someone without any warning can be especially difficult and those dealing with grief after deadly accidents often have a hard time coping with their emotions. During such a traumatic time, it’s common to feel overwhelmed by intense and even confusing emotions.

There’s no right way to grieve, but there are things that grieving individuals can do to find comfort. It’s important to do what you can to take care of yourself and to seek support from the people in your life that you love. If you would like to learn more about the grieving process, take a moment to watch the video below:

The Cost of Fatal Accidents

Families who’ve recently lost loved ones often face serious financial issues. The death of a person in your household can lead to losing your main source of income. In other cases, families lose access to important services that their loved ones used to take care of. Services like childcare, home maintenance, cleaning, and others can be costly to replace. Furthermore, families are often left with bills for medical services rendered before their loved one passed.

All of these issues are serious and may leave families feeling unsure of how they will be able to keep living their lives and recover after such a difficult loss.

Getting Help

Thankfully, those whose lives have been impacted by fatal accidents can reach out to a South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyer for help. By filing a wrongful death claim, families and dependents of people killed during accidents are able to seek compensation from at-fault parties and/or insurance companies. With the compensation available through wrongful death claims, families can often obtain the money they need to have financial security during a tough time.

What Can My Family Recover?

The types of losses that can be recovered through wrongful death claims can be divided into two basic categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages describe losses that have an easily identifiable price like lost income, medical bills, funeral expenses, and more. Non-economic damages are related to more personal losses that are hard to put an exact price on. These can include loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance, and other damages that have affected you and your family’s wellbeing.

Calling an Attorney

You may not be sure whether or not you’ll be able to obtain compensation through a wrongful death claim, but it is always a good idea to call an attorney. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to help you understand what payments you may be able to recover and advise you on your best next steps. Because the majority of South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyers are happy to offer you a free phone consultation, there is nothing to lose by reaching out for professional legal help.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in South Lake Tahoe

I’m Ed Smith, a South Lake Tahoe wrongful death lawyer. The death of someone you love can have a huge impact on your family’s life. To receive free, and friendly advice about your wrongful death case, please call us at (800) 404-5400 and (530) 392-9400.

Our legal team has assisted people in the South Lake Tahoe area with wrongful death cases since 1982. If you would like to see how we’ve been able to help our clients, take a moment to read through our settlements and verdicts. Additionally, you can see the reviews we’ve received from clients on the below rating platforms:

I’m proud to be a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization for attorneys that have helped a client obtain a verdict or case settlement that had was worth at least one million dollars. I also belong to a group for distinguished US lawyers called Top One Percent.

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Client Reviews
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
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