Most people in West Virginia and beyond would agree that one of the greatest sorrows a parent can experience is suffering the untimely death of his or her child. When that death has been caused by the negligent actions of another person, the sadness is even more intense. A recent motor vehicle accident involved a mother who is now recovering from her own physical injuries while grieving the loss of her infant son. When car wrecks result in a loss of innocent lives, those who survive the deceased victims sometimes choose to file legal claims in court in order to seek compensation for damages on behalf of their loved ones.
In August 2015, the woman was traveling in a car that also carried her 4-month-old son as a passenger. It was reported that another vehicle crashed into theirs, killing the baby. The man behind the wheel of the vehicle that appears to have caused the accident is suspected of drunk driving.
As of September 2015, the mother of the infant remained in the hospital, recovering from her injuries. She has stated that people should not drink and drive because their decisions to do so can lead to the deaths of innocent people. She also said that the tragic accident that took her son's life could have been avoided.
The man deemed responsible for the accident has been charged with a DUI causing death and is slated to appear in court in late September 2015. It has been estimated that approximately one third of all car wrecks that involve fatalities in West Virginia and across the nation are alcohol related. Nothing can replace the sudden and unexpected loss of a child. However, parents may take comfort in knowing that they are able to obtain retribution on behalf of their deceased child. This sometimes includes a compensatory award that can be used to help offset funeral costs and other expenses associated with the accident.
Source: whsv.com, "Child Dies in Hardy County Car Crash", Avery Powell, Sep. 2, 2015