Everyone knows that negligent, distracted or intoxicated driving can result in a fatal car accident. When someone dies in an accident due to no fault of their own, their family may seek compensation to help cover the unexpected costs of medical expenses, lost wages, final expenses and property damage. This compensation cannot heal the pain experienced at the loss of a loved one, but it can help ensure that the family does not financially suffer due to the errors of another.
A 21-year-old man from La Crosse faces charges of vehicular homicide due to an accident that left his female passenger dead earlier this year. Prosecutors allege that the man was drunk when he lost control of his vehicle in the town of Spencer. The car left the roadway and struck a power pole. Charges filed in the case include homicide by intoxicated use and homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Bond is set at $20,000. The man also faces two misdemeanor charges of drug possession.
Drivers may be found negligent and to have caused a wrongful death if they willingly drove drunk or performed actions that they knew might have resulted in an accident. Even passengers in a vehicle may have an injury or wrongful death case if the driver is found to have been intoxicated, negligent or distracted and caused the death of others.
Those who are personally victims of an accident, or the families of those who are victimsof such a car crash should rely on the expertise of experienced legal counsel in order to learn their rights and the options available to them for seeking redress.
Source: WXOW-TV, "La Crosse man facing vehicular homicide trial," Kevin Millard, Oct. 9, 2012