In the natural order of things, parents are not meant to bury their children. Yet sometimes, a parent’s worst nightmare can and does occur. Unlike illness, death by accident offers no warning, no time to prepare. There is no time to process everything, no time to say good-bye. When death occurs in this way, it’s often more damaging to those left behind; it’s as if the invisible cords that connect us to one another are abruptly and violently severed.
This was the case recently in Dinwiddie, VA when a six-year old child died in a car accident. The driver ran off the road losing control. The horrific crash ended when the vehicle struck a post, a culvert, and then flipped multiple times before coming to rest. The driver was charged with reckless driving, failing to secure the child in a safety seat, and failing to wear a seatbelt. Virginia State Police say so far this year, there have been 806 highway traffic fatalities, compared to 724 in 2016.
What legal steps can parents take when they lose a child through the negligence of another? As Virginia wrongful death attorneys we know that when a family member is killed in a car accident because of a negligent driver, then the surviving family has legal rights and may be able to obtain money compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Though it is often hard to think about the legal aspects of an accident after a child is killed, having some financial compensation can often help during such a time. Compensation may alleviate some serious financial fears that often come with the death of a family member.