When a car crash leads to your loved one's death, you may feel that the person responsible should pay for his or her actions. You aren't alone in thinking that way, and you may be able to seek compensation to help cover the costs associated with the wrongful death, as well as non-economic damages. There is no reason you should have to pay for an accident that wasn't caused by you or your loved one.
Consider this case reported on May 9 out of New Hampshire, where police have said that the man involved may not have cared that he was putting people in danger with his actions. According to the news, a former Fortune 500 executive has pleaded not guilty in a case where he has been accused of causing a crash that killed two people and their unborn child. He has pleaded not guilty to murder; the 54-year-old man faces two counts of second-degree murder in the Grafton County Superior Court.
At the time of the accident, the 54-year-old man had allegedly been trying to kill himself, so he drove into traffic. At that point, he allegedly caused an accident involving his pickup truck. That accident resulted in the deaths of a 29-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and the death of her fetus. The woman was around eight months along at the time of her death.
According to the news, initially, the executive was charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter. However, police thought that should be upgraded following the accident. Why? They believed that the man showed extreme indifference to human life. The area where he had driven had no obstacles like trees or medians to stop his vehicle before hitting others in traffic.
Source: Portland Press Herald, "Former Fortune 500 executive pleads not guilty in tragic N.H. crash" Lynne Tuohy, May. 09, 2014