A 36-year-old Chicago man was convicted of reckless homicide in a 2011 car crash that killed a mother and her teenage son. The prosecution stated that the man was driving his car while he was under the influence of marijuana when he ran into the parked car that the mother and son were in, causing their deaths.
The woman’s stepson, toddler son and family friend were also in the car when the accident occurred and were injured. Although the man was acquitted of DUI charges in the car accident, he was convicted of reckless homicide and aggravated driving with cannabis in his urine. The man may face anywhere from 6 to 28 years in state prison.
The surviving family members of the deceased mother and son could sue the driver for wrongful death. Wrongful death lawsuits are based on the premise that the person would not have died had it not been for the negligent actions of the other person involved. Such lawsuits allow the surviving family members to receive compensation for their deceased loved ones’ medical expenses and funeral costs. It also offers family members monetary compensation for the financial strain that their loved ones’ deaths have put on them, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their deaths.
Wrongful death lawyers may be able to assist people seeking to file wrongful death lawsuits and in preparing the paperwork needed to file their claims. A lawyer may also help clients compile the evidence that supports their claims and may help those clients prove their claims in a court of law. In some cases, judges may not find defendants wholly at fault for the person’s death. However, they may find them partially at fault and base compensation on the percentage at fault they find the defendant.
Source: CBS News, “Richard Strum, Chicago man, convicted of reckless homicide in car crash that killed mother and teenage son,” May 10th, 2013