Unless one has been through it themselves, it can be hard to imagine the pain of losing a parent or loved one in an accident caused by driver negligence. Families who have been through this may consider taking legal action against the parties responsible for their loved one’s death. Filing a wrongful death claim may provide financial relief to a grieving family, as well as an opportunity to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
A woman is filing a wrongful death lawsuit two years after the death of her father, who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Hawaii. The woman is seeking monetary damages, including damages to cover medical expenses, funeral expenses, economic loss, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
The 70-year-old man was reportedly riding his bicycle on the shoulder of a highway, when he was struck by a vehicle that allegedly ran off the road. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to the woman’s lawsuit, the driver of the vehicle was negligent in that he failed to yield the right-of-way. Police reportedly said that speed may have been a factor in the accident, but were unsure if the driver was intoxicated at the time. The driver was arrested on charges of negligent homicide, but charges have not been filed as of today.
Negligent drivers who violate state traffic laws may be held civilly liable for the accidents, injuries and damages they cause. A personal injury attorney in the Honolulu area can help you file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver who caused the accident that resulted in the death of your loved one.