On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Car accidents, especially serious accidents can cause a violent upheaval of the lives of victims as well as their families. That is why the legal process seeks to offer victims resources and help in as quick and efficient way as possible. The passenger in a car that failed to stop at a stop sign in Portland recently died as a result of his injuries from the accident. The driver’s failure to stop at the stop sign caused his vehicle to collide with another car and then strike a utility pole. The driver and another passenger had to be taken to the hospital but are expected to survive their injuries. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were uninjured. Although police have said that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the crash, it remains under investigation. Family members of the victim may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for the loss of a loved one. Victims who are injured or killed by the carelessness of a driver, even if it is the driver of the car in which a victim is travelling are not precluded from bringing a claim for damages against the negligent driver. And a wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim for the benefit of surviving family members following the loss of a loved one. Typically, insurance companies will be involved in these cases. The surviving family members may be able to recover medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering damages and some other types of damages, depending on the individual circumstances of the situation and the insurance policy. The unexpected loss of a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident may be one of the most difficult experiences a family member has to go through. With the help of a trained personal injury attorney, the victim’s family can begin the process of appointing a personal representative of the decedent’s estate (who will bring the lawsuit) and begin to better understand the family’s damages. Abruptly losing a loved one is overwhelming but options are available to family members whose loss was wrongful. Source: The Oregonian, “Portland police identify victim in fatal Southeast car crash,” Dana Tims, July 29, 2013