A 33 year old Athens woman was killed last week, when her Honda scooter was involved in a head on collision with a car. Athens-Clarke County police are still investigating the accident, but an article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the woman’s scooter strayed over the center line and into the path of the approaching vehicle. She died of her injuries at a nearby hospital.
It is not known if the woman, who worked as a teaching assistant in the University of Georgia’s English department, had a spouse or any children. When a person dies in an accident at a fairly young age, it can greatly affect the deceased’s loved ones and relatives for many years to come. As a provision for such cases, Georgia law allows certain surviving persons to file a wrongful death claim if they feel negligence or intent contributed to the accident.
Persons entitled to file a wrongful death claim include:
- The spouse or partner of the deceased
- The children of the deceased
- The parent or parents of the deceased
- A person or entity representing the deceased’s estate
Depending on who is filing the claim, compensation for various damages can be awarded in a successful suit. These may include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Loss of future wages, benefits, and retirement income
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, etc. provided by the deceased
- Loss of certain domestic services provided by the deceased, such as child care or household repairs
If you feel you may have grounds for an unlawful death claim as the result of an Atlanta scooter accident, it is important to act quickly as certain statutes of limitation can apply. Your first step should be to contact a seasoned wrongful death attorney. Wrongful death suits can be complicated and difficult to prove so you need to be guided by an experienced lawyer.
The Atlanta attorneys at Grant Law Office have been providing aggressive representation to clients for over 30 years. Call us today at (866) 249-5513 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.