Auto accident damages can be extensive and a difficult consideration for families to face during a challenging time. A hit-and run-accident recently claimed the life of a woman in Los Angeles on Christmas. The 61-year old victim died at the scene of the hit-and-run accident. Family members of the woman noted that she left behind a daughter. The woman was struck by another vehicle as she stood alongside her vehicle which was parked in the shoulder of the roadway. The force of the auto accident sent the woman into nearby lanes of traffic. The hit-and-run driver fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are searching for a dark-colored pickup truck with front-end damage. Police noted that the accident investigation continues.
It is an unfortunate reality that car accidents can unexpectedly cut short the lives of friends, family and loved ones. When an auto accident unexpectedly claims the life of a loved one, family members may face financial and emotional challenges during an already difficult time. Family members may feel overwhelmed concerning what types of options and resources may be available to help them with the unfortunate consequences of an auto accident.
Just as the legal system seeks to protect victims injured in car accidents through personal injury claim options, a wrongful death claim may be able to assist surviving family members with funeral expenses and other types of damages such as lost prospect of inheritance, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages. Even in hit-and-run accident circumstances, options for relief may be available to surviving family members through certain insurance options.
Compensation for the damages suffered may help remove some portion of the burden surviving family members face following an unexpected auto accident. Because of extensive damages victims and their families may face, it is important to be familiar with legal protections available to victims.
Source: CBS Local Los Angeles, "Woman Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver On 105 Freeway In Willowbrook," Dec. 26, 2014