Driver fled scene after collision that killed expectant parents, child
A March 3 hit-and-run accident made international news when a car collision left a man and his pregnant wife dead after their cab was struck by an allegedly speeding driver who ran from the scene. The couple was killed while they were on their way to a hospital. The baby was delivered, but died the next day, reported NBC 4 New York.
This serious auto accident will involve criminal charges against the driver of the car that hit the cab.
New York auto accident liability: civil lawsuits vs. criminal cases
When someone is injured in a New York auto accident where the driver is charged in the criminal court system, the accident victim may file a civil court lawsuit. Family members of a deceased accident victim may also sue for damages in the civil court system when a loved one is killed by a driver charged with manslaughter or other criminal charges.
Drivers responsible for an auto accident can face criminal charges for reckless driving, negligent driving, aggressive driving, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, driving while impaired (DWI) and/or driving under the influence (DUI).
Through a wrongful death claim filed in civil court, survivors may recover compensation for the deceased’s medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
A driver responsible for a wrongful death should be forced to provide compensation for the devastating loss caused by their actions.
Getting the most compensation following a wrongful death auto accident
Grieving survivors of a deceased auto accident victim should strongly consider pursuing a wrongful death civil case.
A civil lawsuit also holds the driver responsible for the accident accountable for his or her actions. The thought behind this is that the damages awarded would deter future negligent behavior that may cause harm to someone else.
New York auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., assist individuals and families who have been hurt or had loved ones killed in auto accidents. Firm lawyers have handled thousands of auto accident cases throughout the state of New York.