When your loved one is killed in an accident, the last thing you want to do is mess with the legal side of affairs. You're already hurting, and you have to help your family through this difficult time. Your attorney can help you by taking care of many legal issues you may want to consider, like starting a claim against the driver who struck your loved one. If that driver doesn't have insurance, your attorney can also help you fight for compensation through a civil lawsuit.
What happens at the scene of an accident after a person is fatally injured?
Initially, the scene will be cleaned up. Investigators come to the scene to look for evidence and to record data. The person who passed away will be taken to the hospital morgue.
When a fatal crash occurs, a report is made by police. That crash report will include data on what took place and who caused the collision as recorded by the police officers at the scene. This information is collected and determined based on photographic evidence, witness testimonies at the scene, and reports from either driver.
This report is necessary to prove that the other driver was at fault for your collision. Unfortunately, because of the work it takes to create this report, it can take much longer to process than a typical police report. The report itself is likely to be longer than a normal report, too, so it's important to know that it may take longer than expected to start your claim against the other driver or his insurance.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Safety, "Crashes: Fatal," accessed June 21, 2016