Sometimes, motor vehicle accidents can turn deadly. Unfortunately, such car accidents can leave the victim's and their families seeking compensation for their loss.
Recently, a serious auto accident in Oregon resulted in two deaths. The victims were in a Toyota Corolla that was struck by a Cadillac Escalade. Witnesses report that the Escalade ran through a stop sign before striking the Corolla. They also reported that the Escalade was traveling approximately 60 mph on a residential road. The force of the collision caused the Corolla to run in to a utility pole.
The two occupants of the Corolla were pronounced dead at the scene. One of the passengers in the Escalade was taken to the hospital. Three other persons were seen fleeing the scene after the accident. These persons were passengers in the Escalade. Police found one of these passengers after the accident, but the other two remain at large.
The report indicated that the police were treating the accident location as a crime scene, which may mean charges are forthcoming. However, charges are meant to punish those at fault for the accident instead of serve the victim. Instead, the victims - or in cases like this that unfortunately result in deaths, their families - may consider a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent or reckless driver.
When a person dies in an accident, the family can bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation. These damages can include any medical costs, funeral costs, loss of future earning and pain and suffering. Although no lawsuit can bring back the life of a lost loved one, it can help ease the financial burden associated with the untimely death and help ease the recovery process.
Source: Oregonlive.com, "Portland police responding to crash with two fatalities in Southeast Portland," Brent Hunsberger, March 9, 2013