Lives are sometimes lost in the most tragic circumstances imaginable. One devastating accident caused the death of an 8-year-old boy. Although nothing can undo what has already happened, his family will have the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party believed responsible in an Alaska civil court.
According to a report by Alaska State Troopers, the child was a passenger in a hatchback car that traveled through a construction area on the Stirling Highway at approximately 1:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Under circumstances that are still being investigated, a rock as big as a volleyball fell from one of the construction vehicles. It smashed through the car's rear windshield, striking the boy inside the hatchback.
Sadly, the injuries to the child were fatal. An Alaska Department of Public Safety spokesperson says a tentative identification of the truck from which the rock fell has been made. However, it has not yet been determined whether the contractor on-site or the state department was the owner of the truck. The name of the truck driver was also withheld at the time of the report.
Any Alaska family who has to deal with such a tragic loss may pursue financial relief to ease the unanticipated financial burden. This is naturally a challenging time for surviving family members, and for that reason, many in such circumstances choose to utilize the services of an experienced wrongful death attorney. A lawyer can assist with identifying the parties deemed responsible and gather proof of negligence to present to the court. If a claim is successfully presented, the court might award a monetary judgment for financial and emotional damages.