When a family loses a loved one, the circumstances under which the death occurred could have an impact on how they view the situation. Because many motor vehicle accidents are caused by drunk drivers, many families feel the need to seek justice for their loved one. This feeling is understandable, and filing wrongful death claims could help interested individuals with such endeavors.
The family of one man be exploring this legal option after a recent crash in New York. Reports stated that the incident occurred when an SUV traveling east crossed the double yellow lines and entered the opposite lanes of travel. As a result, that vehicle collided head on with a second vehicle. Authorities suspect that the driver of the SUV was under the influence at the time of the incident.
The crash led to the death of the second vehicle's driver. He was reported as being 28 years old. The SUV driver was reported as being 32 years old, and he was taken from the scene to be treated for his injuries. He was also charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
The family of this young victim are undoubtedly struggling to deal with their sudden loss. They -- and other families similarly affected by fatal motor vehicle accidents -- may want to determine whether filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault could be in their best interests. A successful claim could potentially allow them to gain compensation for funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages permitted under New York law.
Source: hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com, "Walden Man Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter", Kathy Welsh, March 6, 2017