What Happens When Someone is Killed in a Car Crash?
What happens when someone is killed in a car crash? The person’s body is left at the scene of the crash until the coroner arrives. They will begin the process of scene assessment, trying to establish the exact cause of death. They will interview any eyewitnesses and take pictures of the scene. This initial police report will serve as the first paper trail of the accident. A family of the victim will be notified of the death.
The deceased person’s body is then released to the family for funeral preparations. They will coordinate with the mortuary and funeral home to have the body transported. Family members will then have time to prepare for funeral services, highlighting the reasons for the death. They will also be notified of any criminal charges that may be filed against the driver of the other car. If the accident was not the cause of death, the coroner will conduct a full autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
If a driver is found to be at fault for the death, he or she may face vehicular manslaughter charges. The families of the deceased will likely file a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition to these civil charges, they may also be entitled to financial compensation. Being proactive in preventing road accidents will help to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. By following the laws and keeping everyone safe, we can all contribute to a safer road and a happier society.