Losing a loved one in a car accident often happen suddenly, but is always devastating. When that wrongful death is the direct result of another person's poor driving or a impaired driver, you may be at a loss for how to proceed. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to seek compensation. While money won't bring back a loved one, it can make the financial strain of an accident a bit easier.
Your situation may be similar to this one that a New Hampshire family is facing. According to the news from May 3, a young woman was killed when a wrong-way driver struck the taxi she and a 25-year-old male were passengers in. While both the 25-year-old and the 26-year-old woman initially survived the accident, they were in critical condition.
Sadly, the 26-year-old woman did not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead in the early evening hours on Friday, May 2 after the deadly accident. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office in Illinois confirmed her death, and her school, the University of Chicago Law School, reported that she was a student there. The woman was expected to graduate this year.
The accident that took her life happened at around 1:50 a.m., when a man driving a Subaru south in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive collided with the taxi she was inside. All four victims including the taxi driver, two passengers and the driver of the wrong-way vehicle, were hospitalized. Reports have stated that the wrong-way driver and taxi driver's conditions have stabilized.
The wrong-way driver now faces charges for the incident. It's not clear if alcohol or drugs, speeding or neglect had anything to do with the disaster. Fatal car accidents like this could lead to charges like vehicular homicide, though, so once the police investigation is completed, the wrong way driver could face charges.
Source: DNAInfo Chicago, "University of Chicago Law Student Dies in Lake Shore Drive Crash" Tanveer Ali, Alex Parker, May. 03, 2014