The legal process is designed to help victims of all types of situations, including those hurt in accidents. A bicyclist’s family may need that help now after she was recently killed in Massachusetts about an hour east of the Worcester area. The 38-year-old woman was killed after she was struck by a flatbed semi-truck. One witness described the accident as a “bad scene.” The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to authorities, the 18-wheel flatbed truck and its driver were located out-of-state. No charges had been filed against the truck driver, however, authorities also noted they did not know if the truck driver was aware he had hit someone.

As evidenced by this case, pedestrian and truck accidents can cause serious harm to victims. Family members of victims of a fatal bicycle accident or other types of fatal accidents may have options to consider following the untimely loss of a loved one. These families may be left with emotional turmoil that is compounded by financial challenges as a result of the unexpected accident and loss, and finances might become tight due to medical and funeral costs and the deceased’s lost wages. Because of the many challenges family members of victims may face, a wrongful death claim may be a great option for them to recover their losses.

A wrongful death claim allows surviving family members to recover damages suffered by the loss of a loved one. When another party has negligently caused the loss, they may be found liable and forced to compensate the family for its losses, to the extent the law is able to do so, including the loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance, medical and funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. Because each situation is different, it is important for family members who have suffered from the wrongful death of a loved one to be familiar with the legal options and resources that may be available to help them.

Source: WCVB, “Truck, driver connected to fatal bicycle crash located out of state,” Aug. 8, 2015