March 20, 2014
When a person is killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, the victim’s family may have the right to seek compensation for their loss. The Roanoke Wrongful Death Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm explain that in order for this to happen, the plaintiff must be able to establish that the defendant failed to recognize or take action to prevent the incident from occurring.
One Roanoke family recently argued this point successfully, resulting in a settlement for a lawsuit filed in connection with a train accident that left two teenage boys dead. According to an article from The Roanoke Times, the incident occurred on February 13, 2011, along a trestle running near the south fork of the Roanoke River and a nature preserve known as Pedlar Hills.
The lawsuit alleged that prior to striking the pair, train operators failed to sound the whistle or attempt to slow the vehicle down by braking. Furthermore, the family’s claimed Norfolk Southern was aware locals used the tracks to access the nature preserve and had gone so far as to plan to build a foot bridge in the area for safety, but later stalled the plans.
Before a trial was set to begin, a settlement was reached that paid $120,000 to each of the victim’s families after expenses were deducted.
Skolrood Law Firm and their team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and are hopeful this resolution helps bring some closure to the families of the victims.