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After fatal accidents, wrongful death suits may help people cope

Times Square in New York City is one of the most visited places in the world. Each day, thousands of tourists are attracted to the bustling streets and many attractions. Those who visit typically walk, and the sidewalks protect them with steel bollards built to withstand a vehicle traveling up to 30 mph. However, even those steel barricades could not prevent the tragedy that occurred recently. In similar situations, loved ones have considered filing wrongful death suits in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

A 26-year-old man, who was allegedly under the influence of PCP, drove his car through the steel bollards and plowed into pedestrians. Witnesses say he jumped the sidewalk at full speed and mowed down victims for three blocks before his car struck a pole and came to a stop. At least 22 people were injured. Four who were critically injured suffered internal bleeding, pelvic fractures and traumatic head injuries.

The first person the vehicle struck was an 18-year-old woman who was visiting New York with her sisters. She was fatally wounded and died at the scene. A recent graduate from high school, the young woman was known to be bright and thoughtful. Her death undoubtedly leaves a void in the lives of her family and friends. The man driving the vehicle that struck her had previous convictions for drunk driving and is charged with murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder.

While this tragedy gained international attention, many families in New York face similar tragedies when their loved ones die due to the negligence of others. It is likely that those families will agree that financial compensation could never replace the ones they lost; however, seeking recompense from the person believed responsible for the incident may help them manage unexpected expenses related to the tragedy. An attorney can provide assistance and guide them through the process of filing a wrongful death claim in civil court.

Source: ktla.com, "Driver Charged in Fatal Times Square Crash That Killed Teen Girl, Injured 22 Others", May 18, 2017

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