An attorney must establish certain elements to prove negligence in a wrongful death case. They include:
- The at-fault individual or business had a duty to the deceased. For example, a driver has a duty to other motorists to obey traffic laws and operate a vehicle so as not to endanger others.
- The defendant breached their legal duty. The driver got intoxicated and drove without regard for safety.
- The failure to uphold the legal duty led to the death. The drunk driver’s reckless driving led to a head-on collision in which another motorist was killed.