A woman who was a passenger in a vehicle was killed last month after police say the driver of the vehicle veered off the road, hitting a concrete culvert. Authorities aren’t sure the exact cause of the crash, and a lengthy investigation might be required. The man was charged with negligent homicide among other charges after he was released from the hospital for injuries he sustained in the same accident.

While the man might be facing criminal charges for the death of his passenger, these charges might do little to help comfort the family of a victim. Sometimes accident victims are very young, and some might have families that they need to support.

Even if their estate is very small, a family might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for the death of their loved one. This compensation can never undo an accident, but it can help a family prepare financially.

Funeral expenses can cost thousands of dollars, not to mention any medical expenses that a family might incur. If the person who was killed was an income earner for a family, the family might be able to seek additional compensation to help pay for everyday expenses and help the family reach their future financial goals.

An experienced personal injury attorney in Louisiana can help a family understand their rights and seek compensation. They can also help the family raise awareness of an issue in hopes of preventing a similar wrongful death in the future.

Source: katc.com, “One Person Dead, One Arrested in St. Landry Parish Crash,” July 20, 2013