A three-vehicle accident in early November has recently claimed its second victim. A woman from Clinton and a woman from Marlow have died as a result of the car accident, and several others were injured. The crash occurred when one driver crossed the center line and wrecked head-on into an oncoming vehicle. A truck following the struck car slammed on its brakes, but was unable to stop before skidding into the other two vehicles. Police are still investigating the crash and are awaiting blood test results before deciding what charges, if any, to bring against the errant driver.
When a family faces the loss of a family member as a result of a fatal accident, their lives can be torn apart. In addition to tremendous emotional pain, these families must deal with financial strain associated with the accident. Medical expenses can mount, leaving these families with an unwelcomed reminder of their loss.
Fortunately, these families, including those in the wreck mentioned above, can take legal action to ease the financial burdens. A wrongful death lawsuit, if successful, allows families to obtain compensation for their damages. These awards can cover medical expenses, pain and suffering felt by the deceased before passing, and funeral expenses. To succeed on a wrongful death suit, a family need only prove that their loved one's death was the result of the negligence of another. A negligent driver, who causes a fatal accident, whether by being drunk or just being distracted, can therefore be held liable.
The families of the deceased victims in the early November crash likely have a case for wrongful death. While the criminal system can punish negligent drivers that cause fatal accidents, only the civil system can give victims' families the compensation they need to enable them to focus on emotional recovery.
Source: Oakridger, "Three-vehicle crash claims second victim," Beverly Majors, Nov. 12, 2012