Losing a loved one suddenly can take an immense toll on family members who are left behind. If the victim had children, the situation can seem even more harrowing. In the event that a person is killed in a car accident, there could be reason for surviving family to file a wrongful death claim if the victim was not at fault in the incident. Such a claim could allow parties to seek compensation for necessary damages.
A recent accident in Florida could lead to such a claim after a woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Reports stated that the woman was walking in the grass along a roadway with her two children when they were struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle apparently did not remain on the scene. Witnesses stated that the driver of the vehicle was swerving before he hit the family.
The woman unfortunately died as a result of the injuries she suffered, and her two children were hospitalized. Authorities did apprehend the driver involved, and they believe he was under the influence when the accident took place. He is currently facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident, and additional charges are pending.
The family of the victim has expressed grief over losing their loved one and the fact that the two children have been seriously injured and left without a mother. As the situation moves forward, the surviving family may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault. If the driver is convicted of any charges that are leveled against him, the decedent’s family may be able to use that as evidence in Florida civil court.