The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its report of traffic deaths for 2018. It had positive news regarding car crash deaths involving vehicle occupants which dropped from 2017. But fatal accident deaths involving large trucks, pedestrians and cyclists rose significantly, according to the NHTSA report.
News broke of a fatal accident near Los Angeles, in which a father was killed and an additional four people were injured. There had been a hunt for the woman, who had allegedly fled to Mexico, after fleeing the scene of the crash.
The most important aspect of our lives is the relationship we build with friends and family members. While those relationships will not last forever, it's really difficult when they are cut short prematurely due to a loved one's fatal accident. Getting the news that a family member has died suddenly in a fatal accident can be devastating. Finding ways forward after suffering such a horrific loss is important for those who were left behind.
It's possible that a loved one's death was one of the most unexpected, and most traumatic things, that has ever happened to you. Picking up the pieces after such a loss can take time and effort. It may be in the best interests of loved ones left behind to file a wrongful death suit. The process of seeking a wrongful death suit could also honor the person's memory who unexpectedly lost their life.
A recent accident which police have tied to street racing between at least two teenagers left both a man from the greater Los Angeles area and his dog dead. The man was out with his pet for a morning jog when at least one of the vehicles involved in the street race slammed in to him.
When people in the Los Angeles area hear about a wrongful death lawsuit being filed, they may have questions about exactly how such a lawsuit is possible. Afterall, in most lawsuits, the person bringing a claim actually needs to be alive. However, a wrongful death lawsuit is a unique legal mechanism by which the deceased person's surviving family members can bring a legal claim to attempt to recover financial compensation - when, that is, another party caused the death in question.
Our readers in Southern California likely know that a wrongful death lawsuit can result from a tragic accident in which a negligent or reckless person's actions cause the death of another person. The sad reality is that these types of accidents are far more common than anyone would like to see. So, in a wrongful death lawsuit, what types of damages could be recovered?
Our readers in the Southern California area who have seen previous posts here that have covered wrongful death lawsuits know that part of the compensation that can be sought in these types of cases is lost wages that the deceased would have been projected to earn, but for the accident that led to death. However, is a wrongful death lawsuit an option if the deceased was unemployed?