Authorities have released the identity of an individual killed in a recent accident on Highway 99 in northern Alabama. According to reports, the fatal accident happened at an intersection complete with a four-way stop. The driver of one of the two vehicles involved, a 48-year-old woman, was killed in the accident.
Authorities noted that the woman who died was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. The exact nature and extent of her fatal injuries was not disclosed. According to reports, the woman had just left a family event when the accident took place.
The driver of the second vehicle involved, a 48-year-old man, refused to be treated by medical personnel. Alabama State Troopers stated that the accident is still under investigation. So far, there are few details available about the accident or any factors that may have contributed to its cause. Reports do not indicate whether any charges will be filed.
Alabama residents likely know that any car accident can be devastating and traumatic. Unfortunately, in fatal accident cases like this one, the trauma may go beyond the loss of a loved one and extend into the victims family life. In many cases, a loved one who has been killed in a car accident is a significant source of income and support for a family. When that loved one is killed, the surviving family may suffer financially as well as emotionally.
Fortunately, Alabama has personal injury laws in place, which may help the surviving family to gain a bit of solace in the face of their grief. Under these laws, the family of a fatal accident victim who was killed due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, may be able to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one, their pain and suffering, lost wages, funeral and other expenses. In this accident case, it is too early to tell whether such claims may be properly made, though the surviving family will likely want to gain an understanding of their rights under the law as the official investigation proceeds.
Source: al.com, "Authorities release the name of the Athens woman killed in a 2-car wreck Tuesday night," Kelly Kazek, May 1, 2013