There is no way a family can be prepared for the unexpected loss of a loved one in a traffic accident. The shock of the death can be worse when the family learns the accident was preventable.
Recently a woman died in southwest Houston as she attempted to cross a street on foot. According to Houston Police, the 45-year old victim was on the median when a Toyota Corolla left the road, drove onto the median and struck her.
The 20-year-old man who was driving the Toyota did not remain at the scene. He drove instead to a relative's home nearby. A female relative, however, convinced him to return to the accident scene and turn himself in. Police say he will likely be charged with failing to stop and give assistance. At the time of a news report of the accident, no charges had been filed against the young man.
When a person is killed in an accident caused by another person's negligence, the surviving next of kin have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. The family can recover damages for loss of the victim's financial support, as well as loss of companionship. In addition, the family can recover compensation for the pain and suffering the victim experienced before they died, as well as medical and funeral expenses.
Proving up the damages in a wrongful death lawsuit can be a complex task. Working with an experienced wrongful death law firm can increase the next of kin's chances of a fair recovery.
Source: click2houston.com, "Mom turns in driver after deadly hit-and-run in SW Houston," Ryan Korsgard & Courtney Zavala, Sept. 5, 2014