Tragedy has struck on Highway 3. Two people were headed south on the highway in a Chevrolet. At 7:20 in the evening the car was hit by another vehicle. The passengers in the Chevrolet were killed on impact. The driver of the other vehicle also died on impact. The names of the drivers are not being released. It is not known why the other car collided with the Chevrolet.
A fatal car crash like this could give rise to a wrongful death law suit. When someone dies due to the negligence of another person, surviving family members may file a law suit. Family members can collect pecuniary damages for lost loved ones. Pecuniary damages have been defined as loss of support, services or medical and funeral expenses. The court considers the age, character and condition of the deceased.
Outside of pecuniary damages, a jury may also award punitive damages. Punitive damages are only given when there is serious or malicious wrongdoing to punish the wrongdoer. This additional award is designed to deter other people from behaving in the same manner. In addition to pecuniary damages, family members can also file survival actions for personal injury to the decedent. Factors that can be considered are the degree of consciousness, severity of pain and apprehension of the impending death.
The state of Mississippi allows certain individuals to file wrongful death suits on behalf of the estate of a deceased loved one. Any individual that is considering a wrongful death suit should seek the advice of an attorney. A wrongful death attorney can properly advise potential plaintiffs about their legal options.
Source: WREG, "Three killed in Tunica County Crash," George Brown, April 27, 2015