Understandably, the initial news reports of a New Hampshire accident are based upon information available at the time of publication. As such, it is often difficult to piece together exactly what occurred beyond the basic information provided. Nevertheless, it is usually possible to form some initial theories regarding the legal issues that may arise from a fatal car accident.
Members of the Nashua Fire Department were returning from a call about 35 minutes before midnight on the first day of December. They came upon a single car crash and found two victims, a female passenger and a male driver. The 55-year-old woman died later at Saint Joseph's Hospital, and the driver was initially taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in critical condition.
The preliminary information suggests that the driver lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway, colliding with a tree not far from an intersection. Fire crews had to extricate the accident victims from the vehicle. The critically injured driver was subsequently transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The names of the two individuals were not initially disclosed by authorities pending notification of their families, though they were subsequently identified as residents of Worcester. They did not share the same last name.
As authorities continue to piece together exactly what occurred in this tragic car accident, the family of the deceased woman may wish to come to an understanding of their legal rights under New Hampshire law. Any time a wrongful death occurs due to the negligent acts of another, the victim's family has the right to pursue a wrongful death claim in our state court system. If the investigation confirms that the driver negligently lost control of his vehicle, the deceased woman's family may pursue claims for reimbursement of damages shown to have been sustained.
Source: Nashua, NH Patch, "Couple Identified in Fatal Nashua Crash," Carol Robidoux, Dec. 3, 2012