Mississippi police have reported that a man is now deceased after a recent car accident in the southern part of the state. The accident occurred at approximately 4:40 a.m. in Jackson County. The deceased man was said to have been travelling west when he turned onto a highway and was struck by an on-coming pickup truck. A news report states that the deceased driver may have failed to stop at a traffic light prior to the collision, although the accident is still under investigation. The police have not determined fault or filed any charges in connection with the fatal accident.
Readers in Hinds County may know that initial reports of an accident of any kind do not always tell the full story. The surviving family of the victim in this case may seek to preserve other important evidence in conjunction with the formal investigation report. Once all of the available facts and circumstances are known, the family may wish to assess what, if any, legal rights they have to pursue a wrongful death claim against the other parties involved. If it is determined that another person's negligent or reckless actions caused the death of a loved one, the family may have grounds to pursue compensation for damages.
Often, when a family member dies, the immense loss is both emotional and financial. When appropriate, a wrongful death claim can help with a family's economic recovery in the wake of funeral expenses and medical bills associated with the loss of a loved one. Such a claim could also result in compensation for pain and suffering, as well as hold the responsible party accountable.
Even when a police report doesn't initially name an at-fault party, a closer look at the circumstances of a crash can help families determine exactly what course of action is best during what is surely a devastating time of grief.
Source: Sun Herald, "Man killed in Moss Point wreck identified," Nicole Dow, April 4, 2012