Following a tragic accident that takes the life of a parent, surviving family members may feel overwhelmed with grief. They may also have to tackle the responsibility of caring for any children left behind. Even though this is often an act of love, it can also be emotionally and financially draining. Many find some relief, as well as justice, by filing a wrongful death claim.
One example of such a tragic loss occurred on a recent Saturday morning when a mother, daughter and other family members were traveling together for a weekend outing to Virginia Beach. At the same time, police were involved in a high-speed chase involving an SUV. Police say the fleeing driver was traveling at high speeds when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into two vehicles.
A 42-year-old woman died at the scene, and her 25-year old pregnant daughter succumbed to her injuries later at the hospital. Numerous others suffered injuries. The young mother left behind a 2-year-old son, a fiancé and numerous other grieving family members. The community is rallying together to help support the family, but they will likely have some difficult decisions to make as they learn to move forward from this tragedy.
While Virginia investigators have charged the driver of the SUV with two counts of manslaughter, driving without a license and numerous other charges, the family may have additional questions. Accidents that result from high-speed police chases often raise concerns over police protocol and other issues. The answers to these questions may come forward during a wrongful death claim.