For the family of a victim in a fatal car crash, there are many challenges that may lie ahead due to the financial impact that an unexpected death can bring. When the victim has been killed by a hit-and-run driver, the family may struggle in dealing with their loss of a loved one in addition to paying for funeral and burial costs. In such cases they may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit which can help them with the expenses they will be facing.
An 85-year-old man was walking on the side of the road when he was hit by a driver from Corinth. Instead of staying to get help for the dying man, the driver took off. Originally charged with culpable negligence manslaughter, it appears that the driver took a plea deal that allowed him to be convicted of a lower charge. As a result of that guilty plea, a judge gave him a 20 year sentence in prison but suspended five years of that sentence so he will only serve 15.
It is unknown whether the family of the man agreed to the plea deal or whether they have taken any legal action against the driver. When the driver is released from prison he will be placed under supervision for five years.
Dealing with the loss of a family member through the negligence of another can be difficult but the court system allows families to seek appropriate compensation for their loved one. While a financial payment can never replace a family member, it can make life a little easier to deal with on a financial level, enabling those left behind to be able to move forward with their lives.
Source: D Journal, “Corinth driver gets 15 years for vehicle death,” May 13, 2013