A terrible five-car accident occurred last Friday afternoon in Pascagoula, Mississippi and left one woman dead and several others injured and seeking treatment at a local hospital. According to police, the multi-vehicle accident happened just after 3 p.m. and occurred on the city’s main thoroughfare.
Pascagoula Police say that the wreck happened along U.S. 90 at Chicot Street though the cause remains a mystery. Police say they are working with investigators and interviewing witnesses to try and reconstruct the accident scene and find out exactly what led to the dangerous chain reaction.
The wreck resulted in Lavelll Saulters, 89, being ejected from the passenger seat of one of the vehicles in the collision. Saulters was taken to nearby Singing River Hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead upon her arrival. Police say three others were taken to the local hospital and sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Our hearts go out to the family of the woman killed the accident. It’s never easy losing a loved one, but it is especially difficult when they are taken so unexpectedly. In Mississippi, if a family member dies because of the negligence or other wrongful acts of another person, that person’s loved ones are allowed to bring a civil claim to recover monetary damages for the death.
The section of Mississippi statutes that address wrongful death claims is found in Mississippi Code Annotated Section 11-7-13. The law includes examples of which parties have standing to bring a suit in wrongful death cases and which parties are permitted to recover the monetary damages.
For instance, if a mother is killed in a deadly car accident, her family members are allowed to bring the case against the responsible driver. That means the case would proceed in the name of the husband and children, assuming there were children. If, however, both parents were killed, the right to bring such a wrongful death claim would belong only to the children. This is because under Mississippi law only the next of kin are able to recover damages for their loved one’s lost life. It allows the family to step into a suit in place of the deceased family member, suing for injuries that they would have been able to recover had they survived the accident.
Accidents like this one require the assistance of an experienced lawyer, particularly if you want justice and a fair settlement. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident resulting from someone’s negligence, please contact the Madison / Jackson auto accident lawyers at Kobs & Philley at (601) 856-7800.
Source: “Lavell Saulters, 89, dies from injuries sustained in 5-car wreck at U.S. 90 and Chicot,” by Gareth Clary, published at GulfLive.com.
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