On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Monday, February 18, 2013.
Fatal car accidents can leave behind various types of harm that the legal system makes an effort to recognize. A fatal car accident in a southern Oregon town left one man dead recently. The fatal motor vehicle accident took place at an intersection when the victim’s car was travelling west and another vehicle, a van, was traveling north. The two cars met, colliding at the intersection. Officials say that a preliminary investigation shows that the woman in the other vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign, striking the victim’s vehicle in the driver-side door. The force of the accident caused the victim’s vehicle to strike a power pole before both vehicles came to rest off the roadway. The man was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he later died. There were minor injuries to the other driver and some of her passengers. Police reported that the investigation is ongoing. Family members who have unexpectedly experienced the loss of their loved in a fatal accident due to the negligence of another party may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is commonly brought by surviving family members of the victim. The actual representative of the deceased loved one’s estate will formally bring the wrongful death claim against the negligent party liable for the death. Family members who may wish to bring a wrongful death claim following the loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident can include surviving spouses, children and sometimes parents. Family members will need to show that they have suffered financial injury as a result of the loss. Economic damages can include medical and funeral expenses that were incurred by the family. The law also recognizes emotional damages associated with the unexpected loss of a loved one in a fatal accident. To that end, pain and suffering damages may also be available. Fatal car accidents can result in both financial and emotional damage. To seek help in dealing with both, the family may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver for the death of a lost loved one. Source: Registerguard.com, “Oregon man, 52, killed in crash near Harrisburg,” Feb. 6, 2013