Wrongful Death Claims After Fatal Car Accidents

June 13th, 2016 by Patrick Hogan

A fatal accident in California took the life of a 58-year-old man on March 20 when a 19-year-old motorist ran a red light while attempting to evade authorities. The accident happened in Sacramento County in North Highlands, and a sheriff’s deputy saw a vehicle speeding by a sidewalk shortly after 10 p.m. and attempted to catch up with the vehicle.

When Reckless Behavior Causes Crashes

The speed limit in the area is 45 mph, but the motorist reportedly traveled two times faster than this while driving past stop signs without stopping. The vehicle drove to an intersection and ran a red light, which is when the vehicle collided with another car. When a motorist engages in negligent behavior like speeding and running lights, he or she may face liability for causing a crash that results in injuries or fatalities.

What To Do

The young driver involved in this accident faces charges for vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and evading the police. In addition to criminal charges, a driver could face a civil suit when responsible for a car accident. The family of a victim who  dies might wish to file a wrongful death claim in order to seek compensation for funeral costs, property damages and other expenses related to a crash. Loved ones could also receive a sum to cover the lost wages that a deceased person would have earned as this can help when a family unexpectedly loses the income a decedent earned.

The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but filing a suit could offer closure and bring financial security in an uncertain time. To talk with us about your options, contact us today.

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