When a sudden incident results in the loss of a loved one, it can be exceedingly difficult for surviving family members to determine their best courses of action in the aftermath. Of course, they will certainly grieve for their loved one, but they may also wonder about potentially seeking compensation if the death occurred due to an accident caused by another person. In such cases, filing wrongful death claims may be viable courses of action.
One family in New York may be looking into their legal options after a recent incident. Reports stated that a 14-year-old boy on a bicycle was killed after being hit by a vehicle. Details on how the accident occurred were not given in the report. However, it was noted that the teen worked as a delivery boy, but it was unclear whether he was making a delivery at the time of the accident.
Many people gathered at a memorial for the boy as a "white ghost bike" was erected in his memory. This action is apparently common in the area when individuals are killed in bicycle accidents. This particular accident was still under investigation at the time of the report, and authorities were working to determine whether the driver of the car involved was speeding at the time.
Fatal incidents can impact many people. If the family of the young boy killed in this accident feel the need to seek justice and compensation for their loss, information on wrongful death claims may be helpful to them. This type of claim could be filed against the driver considered at fault in hopes of gaining financial restitution for damages permitted under New York law.
Source: amny.com, "Teen fatally struck while riding his bike in Sunset Park, police say," Ivan Pereira and Shaye Weaver, Nov. 28, 2017