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Young bystander's life claimed in an unexpected vehicle collision

A young athlete lost his life after two cars involved in an accident struck the innocent bystander.
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    February 14, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Young bystander's life claimed in an unexpected vehicle collision

Nothing is worse and more shocking than the abrupt loss of someone close. Unfortunately, a community in Delaware County is grieving the loss of a young student athlete. Friends and family have created a memorial where police say the 18-year old victim was struck and killed by a vehicle.

It was a Sunday evening when authorities say the student was chatting with friends outside of a local McDonald's restaurant. All of a sudden, two vehicles crashed, causing and one to jump the curb. That vehicle slammed into the group standing in front of the fast-food chain. One person was seriously injured, and the young athlete lost his life.

The aftermath of an accident: wrongful death

Nothing can bring back the young athlete, who lost his life as a result of an unexpected collision. The sudden death of a loved one can be quite overwhelming. In addition to pain, many financial details must be addressed after a fatal accident. Fortunately, surviving family members of a fatal victim may be able to benefit from a wrongful death claim against responsible parties.

Six months following the death, a wrongful death action may also be brought by any person entitled to share in the damages. Before this period, only the personal representative of the victim may initiate a suit. Nevertheless, in Pennsylvania, a spouse, children or parents of the deceased can be compensated in the suit. Family members might pursue the following:
-Funeral, hospital or nursing expenses
-The value of services that the victim would have provided to the family had he or she survived

Wrongful death actions are not subject to estate or inheritance taxes. They are also untouchable by creditors. A beneficiary of this type of suit may have other recovery rights. For this reason, it helps to work with a qualified wrongful death attorney when assessing available damages.

The accidental loss of someone close is never easy. However, when the emotional turmoil is coupled with the financial struggles that naturally come with death (for example, funerals, bills, etc), loss can be even more difficult to deal with.

If your loved one's life was claimed in a serious accident, you may be entitled to varied types recovery. Money certainly cannot replace a person's life; however, the proceeds of a wrongful death suit can help you move forward after such a tragedy. To learn more, speak with an attorney in the area.

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