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Common funeral expenses following a fatal car crash

Fatal car crashes can cause thousands of dollars in damages, both physical and mental. Family members are forever shaken by such a tragedy. Survivors of the wreck might never be able to walk again or even leave his or her house because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Today, we will take a look at the common funeral expenses stemming from a fatal car crash in Redondo Beach, California.

A funeral does not cost a simple fee. There are quite a few items that factor into the overall cost of a funeral. Even if you only hold a burial for your loved one, this can still be very costly. There are insurance policies you can have that can help defray the costs but they typically do not payout right away.

For starters, you will need to buy either a casket or an urn. Paying to have the loved one cremated will also be a hefty fee. Then there is the payment to the funeral home for hosting the viewing, embalming the body and providing employees to drive the hearse and flower car during the funeral procession.

You then have to pay for the grave, vault or other final resting place for your loved one. This can easily cost a couple thousand dollars. The final resting place will then need a marker. The marker, also known as a headstone, will have your loved one's name, birth date and death date listed on it.

Funeral expenses are well into the thousands of dollars now. Aside from these costs, you will incur costs for medical care, psychological care and more as you prepare to bury your loved one. An attorney can help you learn more about your legal options for seeking compensation from the at-fault party.

Source: Federal Trade Commission, "Funeral Costs and Pricing Checklist," accessed June 14, 2018

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