A motor vehicle accident can happen in an instant. This type of traffic accident is generally governed by the law of negligence; this area of the law deals with the probability that one of the drivers failed to exercise due care that may have prevented the wrongful death of a person. The fact that one party’s negligence may have caused the fatal accident adds to the pain of the victim’s grieving family members. The road towards closure and recovery may not be easily attained.
Recently, a fatal accident happened in Hyde Park north of New York City. The police report indicated that three vehicles were involved in the crash-two cars and one truck. According to the initial investigation, a northbound car, driven by a 57-year-old man, crossed the center line and collided, head-on, with a car traveling south. This second car, which was driven by a woman, was then struck by the truck that had been following her.
The woman died and one man was reportedly injured in the crash. Fortunately, the truck, which was hauling flammable liquids, did not spill any chemicals in the accident. The local police continue to investigate the accident.
The family or relatives of a fatal accident victim may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. The elements of a wrongful death suit include, but are not limited to, the death of a person and the negligence of another. By filing this type of lawsuit, the family members of the deceased may be able to obtain some form of justice and closure for pain and suffering.
Furthermore, a wrongful death lawsuit can help the plaintiff obtain financial recovery for damages. To maximize compensation, the family of the victim may seek guidance from a legal professional who can serve as a staunch advocate and fight for the best interests of the plaintiff.
Source: Poughkeepsiejournal.com, “Police probe cause of fatal Hyde Park crash,” Sarah Bradshaw and Emily Stewart, Sep. 5, 2013