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Wrongful Death of Passenger Killed in High-Speed Car Accident
Oregon State Police reported a passenger killed in a high-speed car accident. The accident occurred on Highway 99 when a car traveling at a high rate of speed rear-ended a pickup truck. The front seat passenger of the car was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries from the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the car accident. The driver of the speeding vehicle was transported to a nearby medical center and treated for injuries. Another passenger in the speeding vehicle sustained only minor injuries and did not need to be transported. It was also reported that the driver of the pickup truck also sustained only minor injuries.
Wrongful Death Claim for Passengers
In most car accident or wrongful death claims, the suit is towards the driver of the other vehicle. However, when a passenger is injured or dies from the negligence of the driver of the car in which the passenger was in a case can be made against the driver. In the car accident mentioned above, the passenger was not at fault for the driver speeding. Surviving family members can then bring forth what is known as a wrongful death case.
Definition of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows the victim’s family to seek out compensation any financial losses acquired as a result of the death. Wrongful death is also a way the family can seek justice against the negligent party.
How a Fatality Crash is a Wrongful Death Case?
The following are some scenarios in which filing a wrongful death case would be applicable.
Many wrongful death cases are filed after a fatal car accident. There are many ways the other driver can be found negligent for the victim’s death following a car accident. For instance, a distracted driver who caused a car crash can be held responsible for their negligent behavior through a wrongful death case if they killed the other driver. Anyone operating a motor vehicle is under oath to act responsibly and drive safely. When a negligent driver chose to do otherwise and harms another, they should be held accountable.
A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a prime candidate for being held responsible for a fatality. Clearly, it is easy to see the negligence of a drunk driver.
Incidents such as a slip and fall accident where the owner of the property should have known of the hazardous circumstances that caused a death make the owner liable of negligence. It is rare for a person to die from a slip and fall accident or other common premise liability scenarios. However, situations such as an accidental drowning, also fall under this category.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Eugene
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact the experienced Eugene personal injury lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to see if you have a good wrongful death case. We will fight for the compensation you are owed. Call our Eugene law firm now for a free consultation at (541) 485-4878.
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