When a fatal car crash happens, it can have a ripple effect on the lives of all family members. They may question why such a horrible event happened to someone they love and wonder if anything could have prevented the car accident. This is likely the case for a family in mourning who lost a father, who was also a firefighter, in a recent crash here in Missouri.
Authorities say that the crash happened on a recent early morning when police attempted to pull over a different man for multiple moving violations. The man allegedly did not stop and instead sped off. Though police initially gave chase, they said they ended their pursuit when the man reportedly reached driving speeds of up to 90 mph. Police also claim that the man did not stop driving dangerously even when they stopped chasing him.
Officials say that he then struck a vehicle in an intersection that was making a left turn. The second vehicle rolled off the road. The man driving the second car was an off-duty firefighter. The 30-year-old father died at the scene of the crash. The first man has been charged with second-degree murder and is currently in jail.
No matter the outcome of the criminal charges against the first driver, the family of the man who died may decide to pursue civil litigation due to the car accident. A wrongful death lawsuit could result in a judgment for monetary damages that could be used to offset any expenses incurred due to the crash, or even to replace the lost income the family will likely experience. A personal injury attorney can advise anyone here in Missouri facing a similar situation of all possible options.