Many people think the threat of an accident is reduced or eliminated by not driving a car and instead walking or riding a bike. While it is unclear whether the risk of injury or death is reduced, the fact remains that one is not wholly protected from a car accident by not driving a vehicle. All too often, pedestrians and bicycle riders are struck by inattentive drivers and serious injuries or death results. A recent fatal accident in Memphis serves as an example, one which Knoxville residents should be well aware.
In that instance, a woman was crossing the street when she was struck by one vehicle, dragged several feet, struck by a second vehicle, then struck by a third car. None of the motorists stopped. The woman was rushed to the hospital where she died. The police are searching for the drivers of those three vehicles.
When the negligence of another causes the loss of a loved one whether through drunk driving or inattentiveness a family can be left devastated. In addition to the emotional turmoil with which these families must deal, hospital bills can mount and the disappearance of the loved one's wage can leave these families in a bind.
To escape these burdens, a surviving family member can take legal action by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible drivers. Certain elements must be proven to succeed on such a claim, including that the defendant caused the accident and the accident caused the victim's death.
A prevailing party in these cases can get money from the negligent driver to cover funeral expenses, pain and suffering felt by their loved one before she passed, medical expenses, and lost wages. Then, the family can focus on remembering their lost loved one in a positive way instead of through undeserved medical bills.
Source: WMCTV Action News 5, "Woman hit by three vehicles, not one stopped," Nick Kenney, Apr. 3, 2013