Wrongful death claim may follow drag racing accident

| Oct 1, 2020 | Personal Injury

A teenager lost his life in Delaware on a recent Wednesday night. According to the Delaware State Police, they responded to an accident scene shortly after 10 p.m. The crash occurred in a mall parking lot, and it might lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

An accident report indicates that a teenager and his girlfriend were sitting on a motorcycle, watching a drag race in the parking lot. Troopers arrived to find a crash scene that involved a sedan and the motorcycle. Reportedly, the driver of the car was involved in drag racing. It is unclear whether he lost control of the vehicle when he went straight for the two teenagers on the motorcycle.

The collision was head-on, and the impact caused the couple on the motorcycle to be ejected. First responders rushed them both to an area hospital. The crash report indicates that the 17-year-old girl who was sitting behind the motorcyclist suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Sadly, the 16-year-old boy’s injuries were critical, and he did not survive. Reportedly, the car driver, age 20, fled the accident scene, but troopers apparently arrested him at the hospital where he went for treatment of injuries.

The accident investigation is ongoing, and it would appear that formal charges will follow. Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, the deceased teenager’s surviving family members may pursue financial relief through the state’s civil justice system. An experienced wrongful death attorney can advocate for them during ensuing legal proceedings. A successful claim typically results in a monetary judgment to cover documented financial losses, such as the end-of-life arrangements and other permissible damages.