It can be difficult to know the right steps to take after the sudden death of a loved one. Certainly, handling funeral arrangements and final affairs is necessary, but if the loss resulted from the negligent or reckless actions of another person, there could be other steps to take as well. For instance, surviving family members may have reason to file a wrongful death claim against the person considered at fault.
This type of legal action could stem from a recent crash in Colorado. Reports indicated that a 21-year-old man was driving a pickup truck when he failed to remain on the roadway. As a result, the vehicle collided with a traffic pole. The incident resulted in a passenger in the vehicle being ejected from the pickup truck.
That passenger was reported as being an adult woman, and she suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident. Authorities declared her deceased at the accident site. The driver of the vehicle was taken to an area hospital due to suffering minor injuries. He was later taken into police custody on charges of DUI and vehicular homicide as authorities believe that alcohol and speed were factors in the fatal crash.
The family of the woman killed in this Colorado incident may feel confused, angry, heartbroken and a number of other emotions due to the outcome of the crash. Because the driver of the vehicle was considered at fault, the woman's family may have reason to take legal action against him. Gaining information on wrongful death claims may allow them to better understand this option and determine whether it is a course of action they would like to take.