Driving on the scenic route is a favorite past time of many Georgia residents during the summer months. Drivers in Atlanta, however, should never be completely worry-free while on the roads. Accidents can happen at any time; while enjoying the back roads or on the way to work.
Recently, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was involved in a two-vehicle accident in Atlanta. On May 31, Blaylock’s vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a van head on. The driver of the van survived, but his wife, who was in the passenger’s seat, did not. Although it is unclear why the accident happened, there is some speculation that drunk driving could be involved because Blaylock previously failed to appear on a DUI charge. Blaylock claims that he experienced a seizure moments before the accident.
When someone dies in an accident, that individual’s family understandably feels grief and unexplainable loss. It can be impossible to fill the void that they feel. And, these families often find themselves in a situation where they have a substantial financial burden. When another party can be found responsible for their loved one’s death, families have the option of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit is available in a number of circumstances, including when there has been an automobile accident, medical malpractice has occurred, criminal behavior is exhibited or hazardous conditions were present. If a family can prove that their loved one’s death was the result of another’s negligence and, as a result, they have suffered a monetary injury, a claim can be filed.
Compensation for these families is available to cover funeral or medical care, as well as loss of support, services or inheritance from the deceased. A jury determines the amount of these damages after hearing all of the evidence. Punitive damages, which are intended to punish the negligent party, are also available in certain circumstances where there is malicious wrongdoing.
Source: bleacher/report, “Ex-NBA Star Mookie Blaylock in Jail, Charged in Fatal Car Crash,” Zach Buckley, June 10, 2013