No parent wants to think about the idea of losing a child. Sadly, this type of tragedy does occur, and many families are left to contend with the grief and other hardships such an event can bring. When other parties may be liable for the incident that led to the death, the family of the victim may have reason to file a wrongful death claim.
One family in Colorado may wish to seek more information on this legal option after a recent accident. Reports stated that the incident involved an SUV driven by an 18-year-old high school student and a train. Details on how the incident occurred where not given other than to state that the collision took place around 6 p.m.
The girl suffered fatal injuries after her SUV was hit by the train. It was noted that this was not the first death at this intersection as a 16-year-old boy had been killed a year ago. Reports stated that there are no gates at the crossing, just a stop sign and crossing sign. It was not mentioned whether any lights act as indicators of an oncoming train. Residents of the area hope that changes will come to the crossing to prevent further tragedies of this type.
Due to the lack of safety measures at the crossing, certain parties may be considered liable for the death of the young Colorado woman. Because this event will likely cause many hardships for the family, they may wish to consider seeking compensation. Information on whether filing a wrongful death claim could suit their situation may help them determine whether they would like to move forward with such action.
Source: kdvr.com, “Eaton High School student killed after train hits SUV“, Zora Stephenson, Feb. 7, 2018