A fatality resulting from the negligence of another is a serious concern to everyone. A person exercising proper care while driving contributes to the safety and well-being of other drivers and pedestrians on the road. But not all drivers are as careful as they should be. There are instances when negligent driving kills somebody, leaving families behind dealing with severe emotional pain and suffering, as well as financial and physical losses. When this happens, a family can consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

In Los Angeles, a 29-year-old woman is facing a 19-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a felony resulting from a fatal car crash. She pled guilty to the manslaughter of a 13-year-old boy and admitted criminal responsibility for the serious injuries of his 40-year-old mother and his 10-year-old brother. The woman admitted that she was intoxicated during the accident; she also fled the scene of the accident.

The accident happened while the victims were on the shoulder of the road and their car was parked. While the mother and her older son stood outside the car, a younger son was sleeping in the car. The other car approached, collided with the parked car and hit the victims.

The convicted woman now has been ordered to pay restitution, which will be determined at a subsequent court hearing. However, even if she does pay the resitution, that amount alone may not compensate the family fully for their profound loss:

A case like this causes tremendous pain and suffering to those who lost the loved one. From a financial perspective, the fatal accident also results in expenses for treatment and medication, funeral costs and other accident-related expenses. Resitution may cover only some of these losses.

However, in addition to the criminal conviction and sentence, the victim's family may pursue a civil wrongful death suit against this driver in which the family may seek additonal just compensation for their loss.

Source: Patch.com, "Woman who struck and killed teen on 60 freeway pleads guilty," Melanie C. Johnson, Mar. 1, 2013