Accidents often occur when we least expect it. Recently in Morrow, Georgia, a brother and sister tragically passed after being struck by an SUV. The brother and sister were pulled over on a ramp on I-75, changing a flat tire when a vehicle came down the ramp, striking them. Both individuals were killed as a result of the accident.
The accident additionally lead to a six-vehicle pile up that shut down the northbound lanes of I-75. The investigation by police continues, but it is expected that charges will be filed against the driver of the SUV.
When loved ones die in an accident, families often have a difficult time coping with the unexpected death. A family may become overwhelmed with emotion, financial burdens and a need for closure. Although some of these issues are only healed over time, the court system does offer some type of relief when a loved one is lost due to another's negligence.
Negligence is a legal concept that encompasses the idea that an individual did not uphold a reasonable duty and an injury or death was the result. When legal negligence can be proven in court, families can be successful in wrongful death lawsuits. A successful wrongful death suit may offer a family compensation for expenses such as medical costs, funeral costs, pain and suffering and other pecuniary loss that they may have suffered.
Pecuniary loss is unique in wrongful death lawsuits. This compensation relates to damage that has occurred to a family because of the early loss of their loved one. Pecuniary loss could cover the loss of future earnings of an individual, or even the loss of parental guidance. A jury selects the amount of pecuniary loss, but a judge may adjust this amount.
Wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia offer families the opportunity to help alleviate some of the burden that they have suffered. For families facing tragic loss, seeking the advice of an experienced legal professional may help assess their options and protect their rights.
Source: WSBTV.com, "Police: Brother, sister died in I-75 crash in Morrow," August 27, 2013