There's nothing more tragic than the untimely loss of a loved one, especially when it could have been prevented if not for the careless actions of others. In these situations, there are steps family members can take to hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence or recklessness.

The family of an 85-year-old woman who died from complications related to a car accident involving a town worker recently reached a $172,500 settlement with the town of Oyster Bay, New York, reports Newsday, a Long Island news outlet. 

According to the source, Jericho resident Shirley Singer was driving through Oyster Bay in 2010 when "the driver of a town-owned utility truck ran a red light and smashed into [her] car," pushing her vehicle into a utility pole. Singer fractured her ribs and vertebrae, requiring her to undergo surgery. About a month after the incident, the 85-year-old reportedly fell down the stairs and re-injured herself. She died soon after.

Though the town of Oyster Bay claimed that the individual who collided with Singer's car hadn't run a red light, attorneys for the town concluded that settling the case would be better than bringing it to court.  

In the event that one of your family members has passed away and you have reason to believe that another party was at fault due to recklessness or negligence, you may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit and recover monetary damages. Although nothing can truly make up for the death of a loved one, holding the responsible party accountable can provide the closure you need. If you're interested in discussing your options, contact Kansas City personal injury attorneys today.