A pickup truck and SUV were involved in an accident in Kansas City, Kansas. The SUV driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the SUV passenger was in critical condition. The driver of the truck suffered minor injury and was transported to the local hospital. The Kansas City Star reported, " Two people were in a black SUV around 4 p.m. that was traveling east on State Avenue and turning north onto 34th street when a tan pickup truck traveling west on State hit the SUV."
Depending on the circumstances, the family of the SUV driver may have a claim against the truck driver for wrongful death. The family would have to show that the actions of the other driver were negligent and, that those actions resulted in the premature death of their loved one.
The passenger of the SUV may have a cause of action against both the SUV driver's estate and the pickup truck driver. That is because, if the SUV driver was negligent, he/she would be responsible for any damages the passenger suffered. Similarly, if the truck driver was the negligent party, he/she would be responsible for the passenger's damages. Kansas law will consider who is most responsible if both parties are.
The truck driver, although he/she only had minor injuries, may not have been negligent. If so, neither of those in the SUV would have a claim against him/her. In fact, the claim could be brought against those more seriously injured or deceased.
Our condolences go out to the family who lost their loved one and, well wishes to the injured parties. There likely is a case for wrongful death and serious bodily injury, caused by the wreck, available those in the SUV. Getting an attorney experienced with auto accidents, immediately, is a must. If you, or your loved one, are involved in a serious accident call us today @ 913-602-7288 or complete this FORM.
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