Bereavement is something almost all of us have to go through, but when the death is sudden and unexpected, as in a road death, it can be all the more difficult to cope with.
As far as the practicalities of dealing with a death are concerned, then we strongly recommend that you read the Department for Work and Pension's excellent booklet 'What to do after a death in England and Wales' - you can find the booklet at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/dwp/2006/d49_april06.pdf .If you are based in Scotland, then there is also a booklet for you called 'What to do after a death in Scotland' and you can find this at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/174162/0048570.pdf
These two booklets will go a long way to helping you with the practical side of dealing with the death of someone close to you.
Dealing with the loss
Grieving is a natural process if you have lost someone you love, and
sometimes it feels that you have no way to turn, no-one to help you, or
maybe you may be worried that you're not grieving 'in the right way'.
Rest assured that everyone grieves differently - there is no right or
wrong way. If you would like to learn more about grief and how to cope
with it, please visit our Coping
with Grief page. You can also download the information contained there
in a handy booklet by clicking
There are also many support groups and bereavement charities that may be able to help you through this time - please see our links page for more details, or contact us and we will be delighted to help you.
If you would like to talk to someone who has experienced the trauma of
road death, please ring our helpline on 0845
123 5542 - this is a local-rate number and
is staffed from 9am to 9pm 365 days per year. If it's information you
are looking for, or just a friendly, sympathetic ear, then phoning the
helpline would be a good move.
With a road death there may be many legal aspects that will come as a new experience to many. The CADD booklet Criminal Law - Implications After Road Death and Injury is available free for you to download - this gives a brief outline of legal issues arising around a road death.
You may be concerned about getting compensation after a road death - if so, please download our booklet Civil Law - Compensating the Victims of Death and Injury - available free in Word or Acrobat format.
It is likely that there will be a Coroner's Court hearing into the death - this often happens in the case of sudden, unexpected death. If you would like any information about the Coroner's Court and what goes on there, please download a copy of our booklet Inquests and Coroner's Courts .
If criminal proceedings have been taken against someone involved in the
incident, and you are not happy with the sentence handed out if found
guilty, it is possible to appeal the sentence. Please note that if you
are intending to appeal a sentence, then it must be done within
28 days of the sentence being passed. You may find our Sentencing
page useful, as it shows the guidlines that courts of appeal use when
sentencing 'death by dangerous driving' offences.
Remember - help is only a phone call away - just ring our helpline on 0845 123 5542
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