A fatal accident is not what usually comes to mind when one hears "wrongful death." The term wrongful death often conjures up the image of someone being killed on purpose and with malice. However, this is usually not the case at all. Unfortunately, a wrongful death is often the result of a fatal accident that stems from someone making a very bad decision. That may have been the case recently when one Alabama man accidentally took the life of another Alabama man.
In the early morning hours of May 4, a 58-year-old Lawrence County resident was walking along Highway 157. At the same time, a resident of nearby Madison County was driving his car along the same stretch of highway. Unfortunately, the driver never saw the pedestrian, or if he did, it was already too late.
The driver of the car hit the pedestrian and, sadly, by the time the emergency personnel arrived, it was too late. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the car escaped uninjured. The Alabama State Troopers are currently investigating the fatal accident in an attempt to determine exactly what happened.
Since the fatal accident is still under investigation, no one knows what caused the driver to fail to see the pedestrian in the roadway. If the local authorities find that a negligent act, such as driving under the influence or speeding, caused or contributed to the accident, then the family of the victim may elect to file a wrongful death claim. Under Alabama law, the family of an accident victim may be eligible for monetary compensation if it is established that their loved one was killed due to the negligence of another party. While no amount of money can replace that loved one, it can sometimes ease the financial consequences of the tragedy.
Source: whnt.com, "Update: Pedestrian Killed Along Highway 157," Carri Walters, May 4, 2013