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Families deserve protection when a loved one is wrongfully killed

This blog recently discussed the remedies that may be available in a wrongful death lawsuit. A preventable death can be an overwhelming experience for families. In particular, losing a loved one in an unexpected accident due to the negligence of another party can change the lives of surviving loved ones forever. Legal options, including a wrongful death suit, are available to help families face the financial and emotional challenges they encounter following the traumatic loss of a loved one.

What are wrongful death remedies?

The loss of a loved one can be financially and emotionally challenging. The unexpected death of a loved one in an accident, such as a car or truck accident, because of another party's negligence, can in particular make day-to-day life difficult. If you have tragically suffered the loss of a loved one in a car or truck accident because of a negligent driver or other negligent party, you may wonder what legal options and remedies might be available to you.

Driver identified in fatal Roanoke accident

The driver in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Roanoke has been identified and contacted by authorities. The victim was a 34-year-old man who was killed while riding a moped. According to authorities, he was struck by a 4-door sedan. Police were looking for the car and its driver, an older white woman, and later identified and located them. Authorities spoke with the driver and continue to investigate the accident. police were evaluating and collecting evidence. At the time this post was prepared no charges had been filed in connection with the accident.

Car accident fatalities are increasing

Fatal car accidents can change families forever, which is why legal protections are available to help surviving family members. Both the first half of 2016 and the first half of 2015 saw increases in car accident fatalities. The National Safety Council recently reported a 9 percent increase in car accident fatalities from January to June 2016 when compared to the same period of time in 2015. The increase in 2016 is an 18 percent increase over the same time period in 2014. A total of 19,100 victims were killed on the roadways during the first half of 2016 in the U.S.

Help for victims of summertime boating accidents is available

Summer is in full swing and with it comes boating fun and time spent on local Virginia waterways and lakes. Unfortunately, however, some of that summer fun can lead to serious accidents such as a fatal boating accident. Boats, jet skis and other watercraft are all common sites on local waterways. But many boaters may not follow boating rules, which can lead to disastrous results and serious accidents.

Holiday weekend brings fatal accidents to Virginia communities

This blog recently discussed the options and help that may be available to surviving family members when their loved one has been killed in a fatal accident. Unfortunately, Virginia State Police recently reported that over the Fourth of July holiday weekend a total of eight victims were killed in traffic accidents. Among the fatalities were five drivers, a teenage passenger, a motorcyclist and a pedestrian who died in seven fatal accidents throughout Virginia over the holiday weekend. Roanoke was among the cities that suffered a fatal accident.

Help for families following a fatal accident is available

The unexpected loss of a loved one is abrupt and devastating for any family. The legal process recognizes the emotional and financial harms families are left with following a fatal accident which is why it provides resources to help compensate family members of victims in the ways it is possible for it to do so. Surviving family members may be able to recover a variety of different types of damages for the harm they have suffered.

Understanding how a wrongful death claim works

Wrongful death claims can be challenging for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that each involves the loss of a family member or loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit arises when the family of a lost loved one brings a claim for damages against the negligent party responsible for the wrongful death of their loved one. Fatal accidents are one of a number of different circumstances that result in a wrongful death that may lead to a wrongful death claim.

A look at workplace fatalities in Virginia and their impact

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, there were 4,251 worker fatalities in the U.S. during 2014. Of the number of lives lost in fatal workplace accidents during that year, 874, or 20 percent, were lost in the construction industry. The leading causes of workplace deaths attributed to the construction industry were falls, accounting for nearly 40 percent, followed by electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught in between an object.

Workplace fatality numbers in Virginia

Workplace accidents are a serious concern for workers and families. A preliminary report of 127 workplace fatalities were reported in Virginia during 2011. The number represents a 19 percent increase from the 107 workplace fatalities reported in Virginia during 2010. Workers ages 25 to 54, which are considered prime working age, accounted for 66 percent of the reported fatalities in 2011.

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