Idaho State Police reported a fatal crash involving a snowmobile south of Island Park. The driver of the snowmobile was exiting a parking lot when he was struck by an oncoming car. Unfortunately, the driver of the snowmobile was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver of the car was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. It was reported that they did not need to be transported to a medical center. Traffic heading westbound was blocked for about two hours and traffic heading eastbound was blocked for nearly four hours while crews worked to clear the accident.
When driving on the roadway, a snowmobile is under the same rules of the road as any other vehicle. In the aforementioned case, it is unclear if the snowmobile driver pulled in front of the vehicle that struck him or if the driver of the vehicle was at fault. If the driver of the vehicle is found at fault, the surviving family of the snowmobile driver would be able to file a wrongful death case.
Wrongful Death Defined
Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows the victim’s family to seek out compensation any financial losses acquired as a result of the death. Wrongful death is also a way the family can seek justice against the negligent party.
How a Fatality Crash is a Wrongful Death Case
The following are some scenarios in which filing a wrongful death case would be applicable.
Many wrongful death cases are filed after a fatal car accident. There are many ways the other driver can be found negligent for the victim’s death following a car accident. For instance, a distracted driver who caused a car crash can be held responsible for their negligent behavior through a wrongful death case if they killed the other driver. Anyone operating a motor vehicle is under oath to act responsibly and drive safely. When a negligent driver chose to do otherwise and harms another, they should be held accountable.
A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a prime candidate for being held responsible for a fatality. Clearly, it is easy to see the negligence of a drunk driver.
Incidents such as a slip and fall accident where the owner of the property should have known of the hazardous circumstances that caused a death make the owner liable for negligence. It is rare for a person to die from a slip and fall accident or other common premise liability scenarios. However, situations such as an accidental drowning, also fall under this category.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Southeast Idaho
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact the experienced Southeast Idaho personal injury lawyers at Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls and Pocatello for a free case review with an experienced and trusted wrongful death lawyer. We will fight for the compensation you are owed. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274.
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