The steps a family takes after losing a loved one can be unique to their specific circumstances. Of course, certain actions are common, such as making funeral arrangements and handling related affairs, but some families may have reason to take legal action after the death of a loved one. For instance, if a car accident caused by a negligent driver results in fatalities, wrongful death claims may result.
One family may be looking into such options after a recent accident in Colorado. According to reports, a vehicle was traveling east when the driver failed to stop at a red light. As a result, the eastbound vehicle collided with a vehicle traveling south through the intersection. There were at least three people in the eastbound vehicle and at least two people in the southbound vehicle.
The incident resulted in a passenger in the southbound vehicle suffering fatal injuries. That person was declared dead at the accident site. The driver of the southbound vehicle and three individuals from the eastbound vehicle were all taken to the hospital in order to be treated for undisclosed injuries. At the time of the report, it was unclear what factors may have contributed to the crash, and no charges had been filed.
The family of the passenger killed in this Colorado car accident are undoubtedly shocked by the sudden news. As they work to process their grief and handle other necessary actions in the aftermath of this event, they may find it beneficial to consider their legal options. A wrongful death claim could allow them to work toward recovering a judgment for monetary damages from the driver considered at fault for the accident.