In the U.S., many people still die in alcohol-related car accidents every year, although there are laws to prevent drunk driving. As you can imagine, it can be difficult to come to terms with the death of a loved one in an accident, especially after learning that their death could have been prevented. The good news is that the law provides relief to victims’ families in these cases.

When a driver causes an accident while drunk and someone dies as a result, that person may be held liable for wrongful death and face a civil lawsuit. If your loved one died in an accident involving a drunk driver, there are certain things you need to know about filing a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible for the accident.

What is a wrongful death claim?