When a car accident results in the death of the driver considered responsible, other individuals who were harmed by the accident may feel that they have no legal options. However, even after a fatal incident in which a driver dies, surviving victims or families of other deceased victims could still pursue legal action against that driver's estate. Personal injury or wrongful death claims could allow for the pursuit of compensation.
At least one individual in West Virginia may be considering such action after a recent crash. Reports stated that a vehicle was traveling southbound when the driver failed to keep the car in the correct lane. As a result, the car collided with an oncoming vehicle. The incident took place around 11 a.m.
The driver of the southbound car suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident. She was reported as being 30 years old and was apparently the only occupant of the car. There were two individuals in the second vehicle, and the driver suffered serious injuries in the incident. The passenger was also injured, but those injuries were considered "less serious."
Though the driver considered responsible for this West Virginia incident died, the seriously injured individual may still wish to consider taking legal steps to seek compensation. Injuries can lead to medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, as well as pain and suffering and other damages. If the injured victim would like to pursue restitution for allowable damages, that individual may find it useful to find out more information on filing a personal injury claim under such circumstances.
Source: wvnews.com, "Update: Name of woman killed in Wednesday crash released", Michael Lemley, March 8, 2018