When our readers see news reports about head-on car collisions, they probably expect to see reports of fatalities involved. Obviously, when two vehicles that are going full-speed hit each other, the results usually aren't good. According to a recent report, that is exactly what happened in a car crash in Connecticut.
The confusion that comes with the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one is enough to leave anyone reeling. First you get the tragic news, then there is a rush to the hospital and, finally, the realization that there isn't anything more that can be done. It's a situation that no one ever wants to find themselves in. But, when these tragic scenarios unfold, the family members of the deceased victim need to be aware of their legal rights. So, what do you need to know about wrongful death lawsuits?
"Accidents happen," as the saying goes, but what happens if an "accident" was caused by another party who was acting in a negligent or reckless manner and it led to the death of one of your family members? It could have been a motorcycle accident, a car accident or even medical malpractice.
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.
It is unfortunate that families in Connecticut and throughout the country can be devastated by the untimely death of a loved one due to another party's negligence. In many cases, it was a car accident caused by a drunk driver or a driver who was distracted. In other cases, medical malpractice may result in the loved one's death. In whatever the manner in which the accidents are caused, the fact is that these types of fatal incidents are quite frequent in America.
Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that wrongful death lawsuits are pursued by the surviving family members of a person who is killed in an accident that was caused by another party's negligence. However, these cases can be notoriously tricky to prove in court. One legal term that any plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit will need to become familiar with is "preponderance of the evidence."
It is an unfortunate reality of life in America that, every year, hundreds of people die in car accidents that are caused by drunk drivers. Although government organizations and private entities have, over several decades, attempted to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, the problem persists. However, according to a recent report, there may soon be a new weapon in the battle against drunk driving: a lower blood alcohol content level under the law.
The vast majority of people have gone through the sorrow and grief of the death of a loved one, but those emotions and experiences can be complicated immensely when the circumstances of the death are not natural. If the death of a loved one was caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another party, the family members who are left behind are usually struggling to come up with answers for why this had to happen and what could have prevented it.
Car accidents are fairly common in Connecticut, but fatal car accidents are - thankfully - not quite as common as the run-of-the-mill fender-bender. Unfortunately fatal accidents do occur occasionally, however. And when they do, the family members of the deceased are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what happened.
Our readers in Connecticut who are familiar with previous posts here know that there is a wide range of damages that can be pursued in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Plaintiffs can pursue financial compensation to cover costs for medical expenses and treatment, or in the event of death, the victim's family may be able to recover funeral costs and lost wages that the deceased would have earned. But what about "loss of companionship" damages? What are these damages and how can they be recovered in a lawsuit?