What Are the Common Types of Accidents That Can Lead to Wrongful Deaths? 

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Individuals are understandably distraught when a loved one passes away. Despite the grief that follows the death of a family member, it’s often easier for the family when they have had time to prepare for the passing, as in cases where a serious or terminal illness has been identified. It can be more traumatizing for a family to deal with a death that was unforeseen and sudden, such as one that may arise from a motor vehicle collision, work accident, or other act of negligence. Wrongful death is a legal term that refers to a death caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. If a member of your family died from someone’s negligence, you could file a wrongful death claim. 

While wrongful deaths can occur in various circumstances, there are certain types of accidents that are more likely to result in a wrongful death claim. In this article, we will explore the common types of accidents that can lead to wrongful deaths. Understanding these types of accidents can help you stay aware of potential risks and take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Common types of accidents that can lead to wrongful death

Vehicle Accidents

When it comes to wrongful death, auto accidents are the most common cause because of both the number of drivers on the road. Most vehicular accident fatalities result from at least one driver’s negligence, whether due to speeding, reckless driving, not paying attention to road signs, or driving under the influence of alcohol. If any of these apply, the negligent driver can be held liable for the deaths of anyone involved in the accident, including other drivers and passengers.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Many pedestrian accidents that lead to death are caused by some form of traumatic impact on the individual, such as being hit by a car, run over by a driver, or being struck with a large object. The person suffering an injury while walking, running, or jogging in the area usually needs immediate medical assistance to recover fully. Many pedestrian and bicycle accident injuries sustained are internal or could harm the organs through broken bones or a significant loss of blood.
These physical injuries can lead to the death of the pedestrian based on the actions of the driver or others near the accident.

Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability cases are when an injury happens on someone’s property and is caused by an unsafe condition. Premises liability is a personal injury case based on negligence.

Medical Malpractice 

Medical malpractice is the abandonment of professional duty or failure to apply an acceptable degree of professional conduct or learning by a physician rendering professional services that result in injury, loss, or damage

Accidental Poisoning and Overdoses

Poisoning is a terrifying experience if the victim survives, and it is heartbreaking if they do not. If a loved one dies from accidental exposure to a toxin or a medication interaction with a prescribed drug, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. To file a wrongful death claim, contact a legal expert.

Drowning or Boating Accidents

The potential for drowning in a boating accident can be high, especially in crowded waterways during the summer.

Workplace Accidents and Illnesses

Various factors can cause accidents in the workplace, ranging from overexertion to the mishandling of hazardous materials. There are also numerous variables that can add to or influence a workplace incident. The eight common causes of accidents in the workplace are  

  • trips and falls
  • Fatigue 
  • Dehydration
  • Poor Lighting
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Acts of Workplace Violence
  • Lifting


If you or a loved one was involved in any form of accident and you think it was caused by the negligence of another, it is your legal right to seek redress. An experienced lawyer will help you tackle legal issues and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.