Car accidents are an unfortunate risk that all drivers, passengers and pedestrians assume on the roadway. They can lead to severe injuries and, in some cases, even fatalities. Such injuries can be difficult for victims and their families to deal with emotionally and financially, but it may be even tougher when the accident is due to impaired driving by one of the parties.
Passengers on mass-transit vehicles understand there are risks involved in taking these modes of transportation. Yet people also have a right to assume that the vehicles will be operated cautiously and safely. If they fail to do so, and a bus injury or other type of mass transit injury occurs, more than one party could be held liable for any damages that result.
The medical costs associated with the treatment of serious injuries suffered by accident victims can be substantial. If victims die as a result of their injuries, those costs may be increased and may also be the responsibility of the victims' family members. In order to prevent unnecessarily adding to these costs, family members of victims of fatal accidents should consider filing a wrongful death action to provide compensation for the financial damages incurred.
The loss of a loved one in a fatal accident due to the negligence or misconduct of another cannot be fully compensated by any amount of money. However, the injuries and costs associated with such a loss impact the victim's family and can impose a significant financial burden on family members. If negligence exists on the part of another party involved in the accident, the family may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death action to help alleviate the financial burden.