Authorities reported that a fatal accident occurred on July 12. According to authorities, a 20-year-old woman died when her car collided with a self-propelled corn tassel chopper at the intersection of County Road 125 and County Road I in Stromsburg. The crash reportedly occurred at 4:30 p.m.
The incident remains under investigation. According to authorities, the 17-year-old driver of the farm vehicle failed to halt at a stop sign at the intersection prior to the crash. The 20-year-old woman is reportedly survived by three siblings.
As this case illustrates, fatal car accidents are not limited to metropolitan streets or major highways. Regardless of where such an accident takes place, the ramifications are the same inasmuch as the families of the victims are often left to cope with not just emotional anguish but also financial stress. After a sudden and unforeseen death, bereaved family members typically cover the costs associated with the decedent’s burial, funeral service and estate administration.
Deceased victims’ families may pursue civil remedies with regard to these economic burdens by retaining a wrongful death attorney and filing suit. In this way, the bereaved family members may seek financial compensation for the damages they suffered as a result of the fatal accident. These damages may include the funeral expenses, the burial costs and the price of resolving the decedent’s estate administration. Moreover, claimants in a wrongful death lawsuit may seek restitution for lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents or the family household while alive.
In order to prevail in this type of lawsuit, the bereaved family members and their attorney must demonstrate to a civil court that the accident could have been avoided if not for the actionable behavior of another party. In this way, they may prove that the at-fault party should be held liable for the accident and its consequent damages.
Source: Omaha.com, “Woman dies after eastern Nebraska collision“, July 15, 2014