Cases that involve kids just wreck your day. They had their whole lives in front of them.
This reported case was one that hit home for many of the first responders and other rescue personnel at the scene of the crash. Many of those people had kids.
A 6-year-old was killed in this head-on crash, while on her way to be a flower girl in a wedding. You cannot imagine the grief this case caused for everyone involved. It is a poignant and tragic story.
It was a Saturday, and the excited young girl, who was to be the flower girl at a wedding, was on her way to the church for the ceremony. They were on the highway in their 2009 Honda, when suddenly a 1994 Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line and hit them head-on. These kinds of collisions are never pretty, and this one was no exception. In the car with the 6-year-old were two other people; the 22-year-old driver and a 13-year-old girl. The driver and 13-year-old made it out alive, with serious injuries. The 6-year-old was dead at the scene.
When EMS crews arrived, they took survivors to the nearest hospital. The driver of the Jeep, a 39-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Since there was no clear reason why the driver of the Jeep veered over into the oncoming path of the Honda, the police will be conducting a full investigation.
You can safely bet that the police will want to know just what the Jeep driver was doing prior to the impact. Was he on the phone? Texting? Driving while distracted? Was he under the influence of a drug or alcohol? Was his vehicle steering defective? While none of the answers to these questions will ever bring the 6-year-old girl back, they will indicate what went so terribly wrong that day. They will also indicate if criminal charges may be laid or not.
Whether criminal charges are laid or not, will not stop the family filing a wrongful death lawsuit for the 6-year-old and two personal injury lawsuits for the survivors. Wrongful death lawsuits, more often than not, particularly in car crash cases, involve insurance money, meaning the family will need the expert advice and counsel of an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer.
They family has lost someone very dear to them. Moving forward with their lives will be excruciatingly painful emotionally, mentally and financially. Each state has a different set of laws when it comes to wrongful death lawsuits, so check with a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer as to what applies in New Hampshire.
Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit Donahuelawfirm.com.