News headlines capsulize the events of traffic accidents every day. Details of fatal crashes and victims' identities are passed along in paragraphs that fade quickly from the front page. The people left behind -- the victims struggling to recover and families trying to cope with a loved one's death -- are changed forever by sudden, unexpected losses.
An accident that occurred in May on U.S. 24 is back in the news. The car accident that occurred in Peoria, Illinois, left two people dead at the scene. Both individuals were passengers in a sport utility vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man from same city.
The death of a loved one is a traumatic loss. Not only has a beloved family member and/or friend been taken so senselessly, but survivors are often left to deal with heartbreaking feelings of grief and depression. In one such case, the brother of an 86-year-old female pedestrian who was killed in a motor vehicle accident decided to hold those responsible for her loss by filing a wrongful death suit.