We recently discussed the devastation caused by collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 73 percent of the fatalities caused by truck accidents in 2012 were passenger vehicle occupants.
Sadly, such a truck-car collision occurred on a recent Saturday morning in Kansas City, Missouri. Police believe that a truck driver for the United States Postal Service failed to stop at a stop sign, and the large truck hit a car occupied by an adult driver and four children. One of the children, a 13-year-old boy, died not long after arriving at a hospital.
All of the car occupants were hospitalized after the crash, but as of Oct. 4, there was no further word on the survivors' conditions.
The USPS driver will likely be charged in connection with the crash.
Fatal motor vehicle accidents often lead to criminal charges, but the families of the deceased may also have legal recourse beyond criminal court. While nothing can bring back a lost loved one, a civil claim of wrongful death may be necessary for a grieving family to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of companionship and other costs resulting from the crash.
In some cases, it is possible for families to receive some measure of compensation for the pain and suffering a loved one endured prior to passing.
Families are often left with far more questions than answers after the accidental death of a loved one. A personal injury attorney with experience in wrongful death claims can explain the available legal options and work to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Source: KMBC.com, "Crash involving postal truck, car kills teen," Brian Johnson, Oct. 4, 2014