On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Family members of victims claimed in a fatal accident have important legal protections to understand. In a neighboring community south of Portland a fatal car accident left a 25-year old woman dead. The other driver involved in the accident, a 24-year old man, suffered injuries, though the injuries were described as non-life threatening. The woman was driving a passenger vehicle that collided with the pickup truck driven by the male driver. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Oregon State Police and local authorities are investigating the accident and it cause. When a fatal motor vehicle accident has taken place, surviving family members of victims may face immediate and unexpected emotional and financial challenges. This can be especially traumatic and difficult when the loss occurred as a result of the negligence of another. Negligent refers to the failure of a party, such as a negligent driver, to exercise due care and as a result of that failure, cause an accident that kills or injures the victim. A wrongful death claim against the negligent driver allows surviving family members to recover damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering damages, as well as for the loss of support and services. Other types of damages may also be available to surviving family members, depending on the circumstances of the fatal accident. A recovery of damages will allow surviving family members better meet the challenges unexpectedly faced following a fatal car accident. The loss of a loved one is likely one of the most difficult experiences a family member will have to face. A trained personal injury attorney can help guide family members through every phase of the process and better understand the process of making a claim for wrongful death. Source: The Oregonian, “U.S. 20 two-car crash south of Lebanon leaves 25-year-old woman dead,” Katherine Driessen, Nov. 28, 2013