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Convicted Alaska man could face wrongful death claim after crash

A fatal car accident can be emotionally damaging on the family of the deceased victim, but if a case is filed involving the accident, the time after the accident can be just as difficult. Wrongful death cases involving a car accident can often take months or even years to be settled, and while these proceedings are taking place, it is a constant reminder to a family of their loss. For one Alaska family, the driver who was responsible for the death of their loved one was recently convicted, and a wrongful death claim may be considered.

The accident took place in February of 2013 and involved two vehicles. The collision occurred after the defendant had stolen his father's car and ran a red light. It was at this time that he t-boned another vehicle, causing the death of one of the passengers, police reported.

The accident killed a mother who was riding in the vehicle and injured her two children and another individual. After the investigation, it was found that the defendant had been under the influence of marijuana. The Alaska defendant pleaded guilty to several charges brought against him in August, but he was just recently sentenced to one year in prison.

Since the defendant has been convicted for his involvement in the car accident, a civil case for the wrongful death of the victim may be considered by the family. Proof of the conviction would most likely lead to a finding of liability on the defendant's part. If the family members seek monetary compensation for their loss and win, this compensation could be used to pay for any final expenses of the victim. This could also allow the family to focus on coming to terms with their loss.

Source: heraldnet.com, "Alaska teen in fatal crash sentenced to year in jail", Nov. 14, 2014

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