On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
In the blink of an eye, one wrong move from a negligent driver could result in the death of an innocent person. Fortunately, family members who have suffered the profound loss of a loved one may have legal options available to protect them. A pedestrian was recently struck and killed by a motor vehicle in a Portland crosswalk. The 25-year old man was in a marked crosswalk at the time he was struck and killed. Some vehicles had stopped for him, however, the driver that hit the man failed to stop for him. Neighbors in the area say pedestrian accidents like the one that claimed the young man’s life are a common occurrence in the area. Portland’s Bureau of Transportation has named the intersection a “high crash corridor” wherein 23 accidents and two deaths have occurred in the past five years. Family members of those killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident may wish to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver responsible for taking the life of a loved one. The loss of a loved one is unquestionably difficult, and it may be even more so if the loss is due to the negligence of another. A wrongful death suit allows family members to bring a claim for damages, including medical expenses, funeral expenses and, through a survival action, pain and suffering. To recover for these damages the family must demonstrate that the driver negligently caused the death of the victim and that the family of the deceased suffered financially due to the loss. When a negligent driver causes the death of a loved one, families may wish to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. During such an overwhelming time, an experienced legal professional can help families evaluate their options and guide families through the process if the family decides a claim is the right option for them to receive recovery for damages. Source: KGW.com, “Solutions sought for crosswalk after fatal crash,” Katherine Cooke, Oct. 7, 2013