On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Monday, December 10, 2012.
The holiday season has arrived, and along with this season comes a lot of joy and cheer. However, unfortunate as it may be, this season also sees an increase in car accidents, including fatal motor vehicle accidents. Accidents are often caused by negligent drivers, and around the holidays, drunk driving is a large concern, as there are typically more instances of drunk driving, and these drivers can cause serious accidents. The good news this year in Oregon is that both the occurrences of fatal car accidents and the arrests for DUI declined over the Thanksgiving holiday timeframe. In 2010 and 2011 there were three deaths each year due to fatal car accidents over Thanksgiving. This year, that number decreased to two. Last year, there were 72 DUI arrests reported during this time frame, and this year there were only 47 arrests. This means that there are less drunk drivers on the road that potentially cause a fatal car accident. Even though these occurrences are decreasing, it is important to realize that they still happen. When family members are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, they are entitled to compensation for the undue hardship that they experience. They may be able to recover this compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the negligent party. In Oregon, the wrongful death statue was created to ensure that the people who are responsible for acts of negligence with fatal outcomes do not escape responsibility and are held accountable for the outcome of their actions. The loved ones of the deceased are the ones who are able to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. Although no amount of money or compensation will bring back a loved one, the outcome of a wrongful death lawsuit could likely help the family pay for funeral expenses, as well as loss of income or financial support. The family may also be able to recover damages for noneconomic hardships such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship. Source: Albany Tribune, “Oregon Fatal Crashes And DUI’s Down This Thanksgiving,” Nov. 26, 2012