On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one because of another’s negligence should understand that legal options to protect family members exist. A recent fatal accident immediately over the border from Portland left two people dead. The vehicle involved in the fatal car accident allegedly hit the victims in a crosswalk as it barreled through. Police are looking for a Toyota pickup truck that allegedly struck and killed the two victims in the fatal hit and run accident. Police are also looking for a dark-colored pickup truck that may have also hit one or both of the victims while in the crosswalk. A witness behind the suspect vehicle noted that the hit and run driver allegedly never touched the brakes as the vehicle careened through the crosswalk killing the two victims. The wrongful death of a loved one as the result of the negligence of another in a fatal motor vehicle accident can be one of the most difficult experiences a family must face. In addition to the emotional toll the unexpected loss of a loved one may take, a financial toll on surviving family members as a result of the fatal accident may also mount. Because of this, damages may be available to the family of a victim following a fatal car accident. A wrongful death claim may be brought against a negligent driver for recovery of damages suffered which may sometimes be significant. When a family has suffered the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another, compensation for damages may be available. Damages a family may recover can include medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages. Other types of damages may also be available depending on the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances of the fatal accident. When a family has suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident because of the negligence of another, even if the negligent driver has not been identified, legal recourse may be available to the family. A trained personal injury attorney can listen to the circumstances surrounding the loss and help a family better understand the process of bringing a claim for damages. Source: KMVT New, “Hit And Run Accident Kills Two In Washington State,” Jan. 20, 2014