Every day our lawyers read about people who have been injured or killed in accidents, many of which are caused by the careless or reckless actions of other drivers, such as speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence. Although driving may seem like second nature to most, it is important that people realize the importance of safe driving and employing caution on the road to saves lives. Not only is safe driving the right thing to do, but it is a legal responsibility. When drivers get behind the wheel of a car, they have a duty and responsibility to operate their vehicles with caution and care to protect themselves and others on the road. When a driver’s careless or reckless actions cause an accident involving injuries or fatalities, that driver can be held liable in court for negligence or wrongful death.
Wrongful death is a legal concept in which one may be held liable if his or her negligent actions or inactions result in the death of another person. The court often analyzes that but for the wrongful actions, the victim would not have been in harm’s way. For instance, in motor vehicle lawsuits, the court may consider whether but for a driver’s negligence (speeding, running a red light, etc.), a victim may not have been in a car accident.
According to CBS Chicago one Lake Zurich family will be going to court in California to demand justice for the loss of their family member. The family plans to attend a sentencing hearing in a criminal case against a driver who hit the victim’s motorcycle head on. According to reports she was speeding and crossed the center line of the road.
It is unclear at this time whether the family will file a civil lawsuit against the driver, but families of victims can be compensated for loss of life through wrongful death actions. While these families know that the court cannot bring back a life and that no monetary amount could ever equal the priceless life of a loved one that they lost, many families pursue court monetary damages as a form of justice and holding wrongdoers liable. These monetary damages can be compensatory damages, which could compensate families for medical bills, funeral costs, and other financial hardships, or they could be punitive damages, which punish the wrongdoer and set a legal example to prevent future fatal accidents to others. The family in the above-mentioned case even states how they do not want vengeance but so that the wrongdoer and others will think about what happened.
Our attorneys empathize and advocate for families of wrongful death victims and have worked for over 20 years to help families find justice and closure after the loss of a loved one due to negligence. If your loved one was killed due to the negligence of another person, you may be able to hold that wrongdoer liable. Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we can help you determine if you have a cause of action.