Although the ability to sue another party for a wrongful death is relatively new, all fifty states now have some type of a wrongful death law on their books. The general legal definition of wrongful death is a situation when a fatality is caused by a party with a legal responsibility. For example, if a driver causes a car accident resulting in a fatality, and investigation reveals that the driver was speeding while arguing with his girl friend on his cell phone, than that driver well could be charged with wrongful death. Criteria looked at in determining wrongful death includes, “Could this death have been prevented if the party (or parties) at fault had exercised due diligence, and shown an abundance of care?” Or, “Did the party know that his/her/its actions would have consequences that would or could result in death, and proceeded with them anyway?” Parties not directly responsible for a fatality may also be sued for wrongful death. Examples here would include owners of establishments that serve alcohol, or a business that hired dangerous employees without doing background checks.