Wrongful death legal options are available to families who have unexpectedly lost a loved one. A fatal crash in a neighboring Connecticut community north of the Hartford area recently resulted in a $1 million settlement for wrongful death. The family of the 42-year old man killed in the car accident recently accepted the settlement. The victim was killed after his pickup truck was rear-ended by a SUV which resulted in the pickup striking a guardrail and flipping on the freeway.
An insurer for the group that owned the SUV involved in the accident settled with the victim's family. The driver of the vehicle was high on heroin and cocaine at the time of the accident and was arrested, however, she died of a drug overdose prior to the trial beginning. The SUV she was driving was owned by a nonprofit group and its director, an acquaintance of the driver, allowed her to driver the SUV at the time she caused the fatal accident.
Wrongful death legal protections exist to protect families following the death of a loved one that has been wrongfully killed by the negligence of another party. Wrongful death claims can be complex and may involve several liable parties, and insurance companies as well, so it is helpful for surviving family members to be prepared for what to expect from the wrongful death claims process. In general, wrongful death claims are brought by a representative of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members.
Surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for their emotional and financial losses after the unexpected loss of a loved one. Different damages may be available but can include medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and loss of consortium. Depending on the circumstances the family is facing, different legal resources and remedies may be available to them including wrongful death legal options.
Source: Insurance Journal, "$1.1M Settlement Reached Over Fatal Highway Crash in Connecticut," April 9, 2018