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Fatal motor vehicle accidents may lead to claims against estates

When a loved one is killed in a car crash, focusing on the emotional struggles that immediately result is often surviving family members' first instinct. This step is needed in order to fully work through the grieving process and come to some kind of acceptance of the outcomes. After some fatal motor vehicle accidents, individuals may also find it helpful to the healing process to seek compensation.

The family of one New York teen may be working to determine whether such a step could be right for them. It was recently reported that an accident between a car and a garbage truck had fatal results. Apparently, a 20-year-old man was driving the car, and the 17-year-old boy was a passenger. Police believe that speed played a part in the crash that resulted when the car slammed into the side of the garbage truck, which was turning onto a high school campus.

Both individuals in the car suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. It was not specifically detailed what type of injuries they may have suffered. The driver of the garbage truck apparently was not injured in the incident.

Though the driver considered at fault in this New York crash also died, the family of the deceased passenger could still pursue a legal claim if they wish. They -- and others facing similar outcomes due to motor vehicle accidents -- could potentially file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver considered at fault. Due to the potentially complicated nature of such a case, the family may want to gain more information on this possible option.

Source:, "Victims ID'd in fatal crash in Mamaroneck", Dan Reiner and Christopher J. Eberhart, Nov. 4, 2017

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