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Lethal car accidents and funeral costs

Nobody on the roads wants to end up in an accident, but with so many moving pieces—drivers, vehicles, choices and split-second reactions—it is impossible to reduce those accidents to zero. At high speeds, these accidents have a high risk of severely injuring or even killing drivers and passengers.

After the accident, everyone involved has a long road of recovery, paperwork and sometimes compensation ahead of them. In the case of those people killed in motor vehicle accidents, it is the loved ones that have that work to do.

Lethal stats of US roadways

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 38,000 people die each year in crashes on U.S. roadways. These fatalities constitute the number one cause of death for people between the ages of one and 54 in the United States.

Funeral costs in the US

The median cost of a funeral depends on whether the loved ones opt for a cremation or burial. As the National Funeral Directors Association details, the cost for a funeral in the region including Alabama ranges from $6,314 to $7,271. These include basic fees and services from the funeral home but also optional costs, depending on the service, like embalmings.

Compensation for these costs

Planning for a funeral in advance is expensive enough, but having to come up with that kind of money puts real pressure on the loved ones left behind after a wrongful death. When dealing with insurance or the party at fault, it is important for everyone to lean on their resources to help get them the compensation they need after such a tragic event.