Victims and families of victims of drunk driving accidents should understand that options may be available to protect them following an auto accident. A series of fatal hit-and-run and pedestrian accidents in a Massachusetts’ community an hour southeast of Worcester have claimed the lives of multiple victims. Most recently, a 26-year old woman was killed. A 53-year old woman was arrested following the woman’s death. The driver was charged with drunken driving causing serious injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities noted additional charges are possible following the 26-year old pedestrian’s death.

The community has endured a series of fatal pedestrian accidents with victims ranging in age from three to sixty-eight years old. The seriousness of the problem has led to an increased focus from officials on improving traffic safety. Family members of victims of fatal car accidents may experience both emotional and financial challenges following the unexpected loss of a loved one. Because of this, damages, including those for medical expenses and pain and suffering damages, may be available for victims and families to recover when negligently harmed.

When the negligent driver who caused the auto accident is known, such as a drunk driver, victims, and families of victims, may have legal remedies and recourse available to them through either a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim. In circumstances when the identity of the driver who bears liability for the accident is unknown, options to receive compensation for damages may be available through an uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy.

It is important for victims, and surviving family members of victims, to keep in mind that help with damages suffered may be available when a party has been wrongfully harmed. The legal system seeks to help victims of drunk driving accidents, pedestrian accidents and hit-and-run accidents in any way it is able.

Source: Boston.com, “String of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Brockton Claims Another Victim,” Hannah Sparks, Oct. 25, 2014