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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

By Burg Simpson
June 27, 2013
2 min read

When an individual is killed due to the negligence or fault of another party, surviving family and loved ones can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Fatal car crashes are one example of an event that could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. If a person is killed due to a negligent driver failing to take proper safety precautions, the victim’s survivors could sue for their pain and suffering. These survivors may include immediate family members like brothers, sisters, grandparents, partners and spouses. Financial dependents and anyone who suffers financially as a result of the loss may also be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Anyone involved in an accident including drivers, transportation companies and owners of vehicles can potentially be listed as defendants in wrongful death claims even if they were not present at the time of the accident. Those who file the wrongful death lawsuit may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

Family files wrongful death lawsuit after fatal car accident

The family of a University of Alabama student filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the drivers involved in a crash that killed 20-year-old Natalie Baine. According to Tuscaloosa News, Baine was a passenger in a truck heading back to the university from the National Championship football game in Miami when the fatal accident occurred January 8.

The lawsuit alleged the driver of the truck made a left hand turn in front of a bus, causing the bus and another vehicle to strike the truck Baine was in. The lawsuit said the drivers of the vehicles were negligent, causing the crash and Baine’s death. 

Five defendants were named in the case including the truck’s driver Hudson Riedel, truck owner Thomas Mattheny, Capital Motor Lines, bus driver Herbert Sanders and Atiya Crawley, the driver of the other car involved in the crash, Tuscaloosa News reported. 

Additional resources: Attorneys for wrongful death

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