When people are injured or killed in a car accident, the victims and their relatives may feel as though justice is not done until the person responsible is held accountable. Filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one is a large component of that.
While an experienced wrongful death attorney can play a large part in going after a negligent person in a civil case, there is also the criminal component of the case that is often out of the hands of the victims or their families.
One family may be breathing a sigh of relief over the apparent resolution of a fatal car accident in Butte last summer. A 67-year-old man said later that he wasn't paying attention behind the wheel and he ran a red light. His vehicle crashed into another vehicle, killing the man inside.
The driver had previously pleaded not guilty to charges related to the crash; however, earlier this month he decided to change his plea. He has now pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. This charge is a felony and the man could receive 20 years in a Montana prison at his sentencing later this year.
While this will essentially close the legal case, the family of the man who was killed will have to endure his loss for years. Families that find themselves in situations such as this often consult with experienced wrongful death attorneys in order to seek compensation for a loss they will feel for years, even decades, into the future.
Source: KPAX-TV, "Butte man admits guilt in fatal car crash," Katy Harris, May 14, 2013