A Portland man was recently arrested following a fatal car accident. The fatal motor vehicle accident resulted in the man being charged with second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving and driving under the influence after his release from the hospital following the accident. The man was booked in the Multnomah County Jail. When police arrived at the scene, the driver’s passenger, a 37-year old man, was deceased. The driver struck a telephone pole, killing the passenger. Police report that weather was not a factor in the accident. Wrongful death actions are a form of personal injury lawsuit that can be brought by the personal representative of the deceased loved one’s estate on behalf of the family of the loved on. Wrongful death lawsuits can ensure that a fatal accident does not lead to continued economic suffering for the family members. In a successful wrongful death action, the negligent driver will be required to pay damages to the family of the lost loved one. Damages that may be available to compensate family members may include the loss of support or services, lost prospect of inheritance, pain and suffering as well as medical and funeral expenses. Interest from the time of the love one’s death may also be recovered. The negligent driver will be required to compensate the family of a lost loved one in a successful wrongful death lawsuit. The loss of a loved one is traumatic and this is especially true when it is the result of the negligence of another. The legal system can protect families from enduring additional economic trauma as a result of the loss. Source: The Oregonian, “Southeast Portland man accused in fatal traffic accident,” Author Unknown, January 23, 2013.