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What to do when a family member is killed in an auto accident

These blogs are posted on behalf of Hof & Reid LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Pennsylvania residents know that there are all different types of families. No matter if a family unit is large, small, blended, close-knit or separated by distance, there is a common thread. To many people, family is the most important thing. Naturally, each family will experience welcoming new members and, sadly, mourning the passing of members over the years. In the case of a fatal auto accident, the unexpected loss can leave a family bewildered and overwhelmed. 

Sadly, some accidents can be more difficult to deal with than others. In one recent case, a Pennsylvania man was killed by another driver, who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel. Being under the influence of alcohol reportedly caused the man to swerve into oncoming traffic, striking another vehicle. 

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene, and the victim was taken to a local hospital where medical professionals attempted to save his life. Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful, and the victim passed away shortly after. The driver at fault was charged with homicide. 

Though certainly, when authorities determine that an auto accident was caused by a driver that was already breaking the law, they do not hesitate to levy appropriate charges against the offender, this often does little to console the family of the victim. In many cases, when a family member is killed in an auto accident, the victim's family may want to seek their own justice on behalf of the victim's estate. In many cases, a compassionate attorney can lend a hand as families attempt to collect any damages and compensation that may be appropriately awarded to a victim's estate, which can help cover things like medical bills and funeral expenses for the victim, which may otherwise fall upon the family to cover. With the help of an experienced attorney, a family can take time to mourn in private and come to terms with the loss of a member because of another party's criminal behavior. 

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