Losing a husband or wife in a car accident is devastating in itself, but to have to worry about the legal consequences of this life-changing event in the context of preserving assets or evidence in order to protect yourself or your family can be overwhelming.
Most of the time, it is fine to wait a few days after the car accident to grieve and work out the funeral arrangements and arrange memorial services. Because of the heightened duties for law enforcement to investigate a car fatality, the police or Georgia State Patrol should be performing a thorough forensic examination of the collision, including obtaining witness statements, taking pictures and video, reconstructing the wreck using computer simulations and examining the vehicles. Law enforcement can work weeks to produce a complete accident report from a fatality wreck, as compared to the accident report from a non-lethal collision, which could be prepared and available in a few days.
Depending on the circumstances of the wreck, and who the parties involved are, the offending driver whose negligence killed your spouse could be more aggressive in trying to influence the police investigation. While the police usually do a good job of limiting access to evidence, if the other side controls some evidence, even the police can miss it.