Families of a victim killed in a wrongful death accident do not have to face the future following the accident without help. A 20-year old woman recently out for a jog in a neighboring community about an hour east of Worcester was recently killed by a driver driving with a suspended license. The victim was thrown 20 feet when an SUV came around the corner and struck her. The 44-year old driver of the SUV was charged with charged with motor vehicle homicide, or negligent operation; speeding, operating after suspension of a license and a marked lanes violation.
The driver that struck the victim recently had his license suspended after two accidents in which he was at fault. According to reports, the driver also had a six-page driving history that dates back nearly 20 years; the record includes speeding and license suspensions. The 20-year old victim had stopped during her run to talk with a friend when she was run over.
Nothing matches the loss of a loved one with respect to the pain and suffering a family experiences. In addition to the emotional consequences, a fatal crash can result in other damages including medical and funeral expenses. It is difficult to worry about practical considerations following the loss of a loved one. When the loss has resulted from the negligence of another party, however, families of victims may receive compensation for damages to help. To establish negligence in a wrongful death cause of action, citations or criminal charges against the negligent party in relation to the accident can be used. A wrongful death cause of action is intended, to the extent it is able, to compensation families for the pain and suffering and other damages that result from the loss of a loved one.
Families of victims killed in a fatal accident have legal protections to be aware of. The legal protections available to families are designed to help them be able to better focus on the difficult road ahead following the unexpected loss of a loved one.
Source: WCVB.com, “Driver with suspended license charged in fatal Sharon crash,” June 16, 2014