The loss of a loved one is a difficult event with which to deal regardless of the circumstances. When tragedy, such as a fatal accident, strikes, the unexpectedness can be even more challenging to handle. In these instances, it may be difficult to navigate one's emotions, but this heartache shouldn't paralyze surviving family members into inaction. Instead, they should consider if they have legal standing to pursue a wrongful death claim.
One family may need to do this now after a fatal hit-and-run accident just outside of Great Falls. According to Montana Highway Patrol, the collision occurred on I-15 near mile marker 275 when a semi truck turned into the authorized only section of the median in order to get to a weigh station. During this illegal maneuver, the semi truck struck a Dodge Caravan despite the automobile driver's attempt to evade the large truck.
According to police, the semi truck driver continued into the weigh station, stopped for a brief time and then decided to drive away. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the 72-year-old driver of the Caravan was pronounced dead.
An investigation was immediately initiated, and the police were on the lookout for the semi truck driver that fled the scene. He was located roughly two weeks later just outside of Houston Texas. He was recently arrested and charged with negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence because he repaired any damage to the semi truck from the crash, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident. All of these charges are felonies.
In ,additional to facing criminal penalties, the semi truck driver could endure civil consequences. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death lawsuit, which could help them recover compensation for any losses arising from the fatal accident. Although money can't bring a loved one back, it can help alleviate the damages suffered by the family so that they can focus on moving on with their lives in remembrance of their lost loved one