If my sister was hit by a car and killed, canI file a lawsuit of any kind?

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If my sister was hit by a car and killed, canI file a lawsuit of any kind?

My sister was on her way to work in WI when she was hit by a car and died at the scene. Is there anything that I can do legally?

Asked on October 25, 2010 under Personal Injury, New York

Answers:

Richard Weaver / The Weaver Law Firm

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry about your loss.  I have a few additional questions before I can answer fully. Please call to discuss

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  When you say that you yourself want to bring a lawsuit do you mean on behalf of her estate?  Who can sue for the loss of a loved one is generally decided by statute and the situation involved.  So your parents - if they are alive - can sue and sometimes if you were financially dependent on your sibling you can sue.  But you can as the personal representative of her estate sue the driver of the vehicle.  And then if she left no Will (if she died intestate) and you would inherit under the intestacy statute, you will receive a benefit from the estate.  Please seek legal help.  Good luck.


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