Families of victims of fatal accidents have legal rights and remedies to consider following the unexpected loss of a loved one.

A pedestrian was recently struck and killed in the greater-Worcester area. Local police were called to a car accident involving a pedestrian. The accident took place during the evening hours. When police arrived at the accident following the call, police discovered a pedestrian that had been killed in the fatal car crash. Police also discovered that the vehicle involved in the fatal accident had fled the scene and are now attempting to identify the hit-and-run driver who was involved in the fatal pedestrian accident.

Family members who have lost a loved one in fatal accident as the result of another party’s negligence face an understandably difficult and overwhelming circumstance. The unexpected loss of a loved one results in emotional struggles but can also result in financial challenges as well. Surviving family members of a victim of a fatal accident may be able to recover for damages suffered through a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim brought by the representative of the estate of the victim that has been killed. The lawsuit is brought for the benefit of, and to help, surviving family members following a fatal accident. Family members may be able to recover for pain and suffering damages, as well as loss of companionship, loss of support and services and lost prospect of inheritance, in addition to other types of damages, depending on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim. In many circumstances, when the responsible driver has not been identified, a personal injury cause of action may still be pursued through an insurance policy.

Family members of victims of fatal accidents that are wrongfully killed due to the negligence, or carelessness, of another have legal protections to consider. A trained personal injury attorney can help family members of a lost loved on better understand the wrongful death claim process and how it helps and protects families.

Source: The Republican, “Police investigate fatal hit-and-run accident in Uxbridge Sunday night,” Megan Bard, Jan. 27, 2014