Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is one of the most traumatic events that a New York resident can endure. If the death of a loved one is the result of another party’s negligence, families have rights. Sometimes, families may be entitled to pursue legal action against the responsible party. Wrongful death claims can be legally complicated, but with expert and experienced representation, it is sometimes possible to obtain the compensation that a family deserves.
Tragically, a woman was killed in a recent accident in New York involving a drunk driver. The woman, a mother of three, was minutes away from her place of employment when the accident occurred. According to the family, the woman worked as a dialysis technician. The woman’s son said she was close to earning a nursing degree. The family was said to be in shock following the accident.
The accident occurred after a luxury vehicle driven by a doctor struck the driver’s side of the woman’s vehicle. Police said the doctor was intoxicated while driving. He now faces charges related to drunken driving. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital following the crash. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries while receiving treatment.
The families of victims who have died in drunk driving accidents can feel a variety of emotions following such a tragedy. Some may be stricken with grief and sorrow, while others may feel outraged that such an injustice occurred. For some, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can be an important step in recovering from this trauma. Though compensation cannot ever erase the tragedy, it can alleviate some of the family’s financial burdens so they can focus on healing emotionally.
Source: Newsday, “Police: Middle Island woman dies in crash with drunken driver,” Ted Phillips, Mackenzie Issler, June 14, 2014