Pedestrian car accidents that prove fatal are often particularly hard for surviving relatives to have to deal with, since pedestrians are so vulnerable when struck by much larger vehicles. One recent Massachusetts automobile accident claimed the life of a male victim who authorities did not identify in initial reports. Massachusetts State Police along with local police officials were actively investigating what may have caused the crash, but had not yet announced any intent to file criminal charges related to the fatal collision.
With that being said, however, it doesn't mean that civil charges might not be a possibility at some point in the future. Massachusetts personal injury law provides family members the chance to seek restitution by filing wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. This can sometimes help them recuperate final funeral expenses along with damages such as pain and suffering and lost income. Succeeding in such a lawsuit requires the presentation of evidence showing that a driver acted in a negligent fashion in causing or even contributing to a crash.
Details in this particular deadly accident are relatively few. Police officials responded to the scene of the crash, and the pedestrian was pronounced dead there. According to reports, the pedestrian was hit by a 19-year-old man driving a 1994 Acura on Cranberry Highway. Hopefully, the ongoing police investigation will offer further clarity to this pedestrian's grieving friends and family.
While it is too soon to tell whether this man's family will file a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from this automobile accident, that is one possibility that could develop. A successful lawsuit like this can help families cover final funeral expenses and sometimes the lost income that the victim would have otherwise been likely to earn. This may not return the person to life, but it can alleviate some of the economic stress placed upon a grieving family.
Source: EnterpriseNews.com, "Fatal crash in Wareham under investigation," Amy Carboneau, April 29, 2013