Fatal car accidents can be particularly devastating to surviving family members of a lost loved one. However, families in these situations may be able to hold drivers responsible for the accident liable for the injuries they caused.
A recent car accident claimed the life of a woman on a Louisiana highway. A vehicle driven by another woman was driving east when it lost control, crossed the median and overturned, striking the vehicle the victim was driving. The force of the collision ejected the victim from her vehicle. She died at the scene of the crash. The driver that crossed the median suffered non-life threatening injuries, was given a toxicology test and was taken to the police department for investigative purposes following the accident. The accident remains under investigation.
The wrongful death of a loved one can come as an unexpected shock. While families may feel powerless following the loss of a loved one, there are legal options available to them. When a wrongful death is caused by a negligent driver, such as a distracted driver or a drunk driver, the victim's family may seek recourse against the driver through the civil litigation process. Should a negligent driver in a fatal accident be found liable, the damages awarded could include compensation for medical and funeral expenses, as well as pain and suffering. Families will have many things to focus on following the unexpected loss of the loved one and expenses related to the accident should not be one of them.
A skilled personal injury attorney can guide a family through the wrongful death claim process to ensure an adequate recovery to cover the cost of the family's damages, both economic and emotional. This may help the family focus on the other challenges that naturally arise following a fatal car wreck.
Source: Shreveporttimes.com, "Cause of fatal La. 3132 crash under investigation," Kristi Johnston, Aug. 30, 2013