Negligent drivers can take many forms. They can be drunk or distracted, young or old, male or female. The only important fact is they are all equally dangerous. A negligent driver can turn a routine drive into a deadly car accident. When that happens, families are left with an emptiness that can never be filled. Negligent drivers are to blame, and they should pay for the harm they cause. A recent accident in Madisonville serves as an illustrative example.
The wreck occurred when one vehicle began driving down the wrong side of a highway at high speed. The vehicle struck an oncoming car, spinning it off the side of the road. The driver of the second car was killed. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle and several of the car's passengers were injured.
A fatal car accident like this has severe ripple effects. Not only does the family have to face the physical loss of a loved one and the turmoil associated with it, but they might also be left with cumbersome medical expenses and funeral costs. If the family relied on the deceased's income, the loss may leave the family in dire financial straits. These financial burdens serve as an ugly reminder of what happened to the lost loved one, and can transform a time of grief and remembrance into a time of stress and anger.
When a family finds itself in this position, legal action should be considered. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent driver who caused the accident may lead to the recovery of much needed compensation. If a surviving family member succeeds on a wrongful death claim, she may obtain awards to cover any medical and funeral expenses as well as any pain and suffering felt by their loved one before passing.
Negligent drivers who cause a fatal accident have rendered irreparable harm to the deceased's family. For this reason, such motorists should pay to provide as much comfort as possible to the surviving family.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, "One killed, five injured in head-on crash," Apr. 20, 2013