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Getting compensation for an accident when the at-fault party dies

On Behalf of | May 25, 2022 | Accidentes automovilísticos, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Countless people take to Oklahoma’s roads and highways every day without undue fear of experiencing a car accident. The confidence in their safety on the road no doubt comes from the assumption that the other motorists that they will encounter care as much about remaining safe as they do.

In a majority of cases, their assumptions prove correct. Indeed, few decide to drive with the intent of causing a car accident. Yet despite the lack of any intention or motive, the results of such an incident are often catastrophic.

2 injured, 1 killed in Lincoln County collision

Per KFOR News, an elderly woman driving an SUV lost control of the vehicle while traveling along Highway 62 near Prague. Her vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck approaching from the opposite direction. The elderly couple in the truck sustained serious injuries in the wreck. The SUV ejected its driver from the vehicle, whom first responders pronounced dead at the scene.

Compensation from a liable party’s estate

It may go without saying that in cases such as this, car accident victims may expect significant expenses. Compensation for those costs often comes from filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.

When a responsible party (like the woman described in the aforementioned story) loses their life in the crash, the victims can seek compensation against the decedent’s estate. In such a case, accident victims become creditors against the estate, and officials often give their claims top priority given the urgency.

Drivers can decrease their risk of facing a collision by practicing safe driving habits, but if an accident happens anyway, victims may need to act quickly. The statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years in Oklahoma.