Child killed on Christmas in fatal car accident

Posted on January 2, 2013 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

There is nothing more tragic than losing a loved one due to another person’s careless or negligent conduct. When this happens, however, there are ways to hold the responsible person accountable for his or her misconduct. While legal action may not bring the loved one back, it can help with some of the financial strain that an unexpected death can bring.

In a recent case, a young boy was killed in a fatal car accident in Pasadena on Christmas night. According to reports, the 11-year-old was traveling with four others in a minivan when it was hit by a Dodge Durango. A second passenger was also killed in the tragic auto accident and three other people in the minivan were transported to a hospital with injuries.

According to the police, the driver of the Dodge Durango drove through a stop sign near the scene of a shooting just prior to the crash. When officers tried to stop the Durango, its driver drove off at a high rate of speed. Police pursued the Durango for barely one minute prior to it hitting the minivan. The occupants of the Dodge were not seriously injured in the car collision.

In cases like these, a negligent driver can face a wrongful death claim brought by the family of the deceased. A wrongful death claim is an action for damages brought by the personal representative of a person’s estate when that person is killed in an accident due to the negligence of another. This type of action belongs to immediate family members.

Among the damages the court can award in a wrongful death action are funeral expenses, medical costs and other losses.

Source: South San Francisco Patch, “Daly City Boy, 11, Identified as Victim in Fatal Christmas Night Crash in LA,” Dec. 27, 2012

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